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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

What Is Urban Planning?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
What Is Urban Planning?

What is Urban Planning to you?

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Portland, OR: Understanding Bike Lanes & Urban Planning

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Portland, OR: Understanding Bike Lanes & Urban Planning

Joshua Cohen is a longtime SketchUp user and the owner of Fat Pencil Studio (fatpencilstudio.com). Based in Portland, FPS builds technical illustrations and compelling presentation for various industries.

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A Roadmap for Resilience: Investing in Resilience, Reinvesting in Communities.

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Figure 1: Overview of the RE.invest Process & Lessons Learned

THE RE:INVEST INITIATIVE
This report is designed to inspire a wide range of readers interested in addressing the challenge of creating a robust pipeline of investable resilient infrastructure projects. It captures how RE.invest reimagined the predevelopment process for resilient infrastructure to integrate early design and financing decisions and help cities make the leap from crafting a vision for resilience to generating a set of financeable large-scale projects.

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Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Trans4M Odyssey Film Series: Embracing Community Voices in Ferndale

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Weighing Maryland’s Economic Future

Monday, May 11th, 2015
The Red Line is a 14.1-mile light rail transit line with 19 proposed stations, connecting Woodlawn in suburban West Baltimore County with Bayview in east Baltimore City, by way of downtown Baltimore.

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
The two major rail transit lines planned for Maryland represent a significant investment in the state’s future and economy. Drawing from experience across the nation, this report attempts to assess the full range of potential economic benefits from construction of the Purple Line, connecting Maryland’s Washington, D.C. suburbs, and the Red Line, providing east-west connections between Baltimore and its suburbs. Given the number of regions across the country contemplating similar investments, we offer this report as something of a template for how to make a comprehensive assessment of economic impacts.

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Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

In early April, a public assessment was held to identify issues with a historically hazardous stretch of West St. in Rutland, between Wales St. and Pine St. The assessment was inspired by the USDOT’s mayoral challenge. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx challenged mayors throughout the country to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Rutland is the first attempt at tackling this challenge, but we hope other areas throughout Vermont will follow in Rutland’s footsteps. Watch the video to learn more.

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The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

Friday, May 1st, 2015
The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

This video is about National Infrastructure Day

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Philadelphia, PA: SEPTA Cycle-Transit Plan

Friday, May 1st, 2015
FIGURE 1: LICENSED DRIVERS AS A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR AGE-GROUP POPULATION

SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
SEPTA’s ridership is nearing quarter century highs. In Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the United States, rates of both private auto ownership and use are down. The region’s three fastest growing demographic groups – “Millennials” (20-34 years old) , “Baby Boomers” (60-75 years old), and an influx of newly-settled immigrants of all ages – are less likely to own a car (or even a driver’s license) and are more likely to use transit. These emerging local demographic groups tend to not only rely on transit for commuting to work but also for other discretionary trips and often travel with luggage, strollers and bicycles.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Scott Bricker has worked for over fifteen years to make communities healthy and sustainable through bicycling, walking and urban design. Scott is proud to serve as the Director of America Walks, the only national organization dedicated to improving all aspects of walking in America.

…providing safe and accommodating walking routes for people effectively ensures that everyone has equal access to services and employment, education, recreation, where people play and pray, et cetera. It’s a fundamental aspect of equal mobility access. There’s also a fair amount of research that shows that communities that are walkable, that have places that are close to each other, are economically vibrant.

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Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A Guide for Practitioners

Monday, April 27th, 2015
TABLE 1: Recommended access measures and metrics

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
AARP
Across the country, government agencies are working to meet residents’ demands to be more responsive, transparent, and accountable in decisions and investments. Transportation agencies are not exempt from this call—and they face the additional challenges of dwindling capital and maintenance budgets. Performance measures, in the broad sense, provide a quantitative and, sometimes, qualitative indicator of potential or actual performance of a specific street, a corridor, or of the whole transportation network.

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