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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Wyoming Department of Transportation’s $146.2 million Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project increased safety and mobility by upgrading a 50-year-old road on a major route leading to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. New under-crossings were built so wildlife and snowmobilers can pass under the highway safely. New shoulders, passing lanes, and upgraded bridges and parking facilities allow a safe trip through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project was recognized as a Regional Winner in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition and it is also a Top 10 finalist, competing for the National Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Watch this presentation and hundreds more videos 24/7 at www.transportationtv.org

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The State of the City Experience

Friday, August 8th, 2014
WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION ISSUES, PEOPLE ARE MOST FRUSTRATED BY TRAFFIC

SASAKI
Urbanites across the country agree on a few things: they want great food, they love waterfronts, and they value historical architecture. As planners and designers, our job is to understand what people want and balance these desires with the big picture—economic realities, cultural needs, environmental concerns, and design opportunities—ultimately helping to shape a more satisfying and sustainable urban experience.

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Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

The site of Millennium Park has been a parking garage, a rail yard, and now an architectural destination. Learn how the park evolved over a century.

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Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Program

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Table 1: Pilot Communities

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
The program was intended to “demonstrate the extent to which bicycling and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load, and represent a major portion of the transportation solution, within selected communities.” Throughout the program to date, the four communities, each with unique physical and demographic characteristics, identified and implemented a locally devised strategy to significantly increase the use of nonmotorized transportation, along with the accompanying safety, environmental, and health benefits. This report represents the culmination of that initial implementation and analytical effort.

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Retro Infra: Bill Cosby, ’70s film “Bicycles are Beautiful”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Retro Infra: Bill Cosby, ’70s film “Bicycles are Beautiful”

1970s Bicycles Are Beautiful – Film With Bill Cosby.

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Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Infrastructure 2014

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
HOW DO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS—who could pursue opportunities regionally, nationally, or internationally—think about infrastructure? How do city leaders use infrastructure investments to position their cities for real estate investment and economic development? What role does infrastructure play relative to other economic development strategies? And are public and private perceptions and priorities aligned—or do they diverge, and in what ways? These were the central questions for Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in an annual series of reports examining infrastructure trends and issues by ULI and EY.

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National Trail Surface Study

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Figure M Statistical significance of stability between surface compositions 

NATIONAL CENTER ON ACCESSIBILITY
The impetus for the National Trails Surface study was to investigate alternatives to the typical firm and stable surface materials of asphalt, concrete, or boardwalk. It is a common misconception that in order to make a trail surface firm and stable, it needs to be paved. Professionals have found that using soil stabilizers, or natural aggregates, can be effective alternatives to creating a trail surface that meets accessibility guidelines (Boone, 2008).

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Atlanta, GA: Innovation Report

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Atlanta Streetcar

CITY OF ATLANTA INNOVATION DELIVERY TEAM
All across our city, we are making remarkable progress to ensure that Atlanta continues to be the capital of the Southeast. From forging public-private partnerships and developing initiatives that support our youth, to launching the world’s first 311 system on the cloud, the work we are doing in Atlanta is not only moving our city forward, but is setting a standard for cities nationwide.
-Mayor Kasim Reed

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ULI Case Study: Riverfront Park, Denver

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Riverfront Park at night, with Park Place Lofts on the right, the Glass House on the left, and Commons Park in the foreground. The park offers a highly attractive amenity directly adjacent to the project.

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
Riverfront Park is the result of a 25-year collaborationto create a viable and vibrant urbanresidential community in downtown Denver. Builtunder a form-based zoning code, the developmentencompasses 1,859 privately developed,for-sale, for-rent, and affordable homes, withbuildings first opening in 2001 and with constructionstill underway in 2014. The neighborhood fits within the city’s grid and is connectedto surrounding areas by four pedestrian bridgesthat cross railroad tracks, an interstate highway,and a river, each funded through a combinationof public and private investment. Built on abrownfield and former rail yard, the project wasan early model of sustainability. Today, residentscan play, wander, skate, swim, and walk their dogs along dedicated nonvehicular pathways orin four different parks built by the state, the city,the developer, donors, and residents.

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Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

After years of fighting against the often-flooded Cedar River, Charles City used land acquired through Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyouts to create an inviting riverfront park with a whitewater course. Capitalizing on the river’s natural features to help prevent future flooding, Charles City turned the river from an obstacle into an ecological and social benefit. Members of the community were involved in the park’s design and construction. Riverfront Park is a model of how to strategically use flooded properties to create a sustainable and economically valuable amenity.

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