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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

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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Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Exhibit 1. The BLVD in Lancaster, California. Streetscape renovations and other improvements helped to revitalize the downtown area, which improved its ability to generate revenue and increased property values downtown by nearly 10 percent, nearly three times the increase in any other area of the city.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Local governments provide a wide variety of facilities and services. As budgets tighten, city leaders often struggle with how to reduce the costs of needed facilities and services and/or increase revenues without overburdening residents. At the same time that many jurisdictions grapple with rising costs for services, however, they also face stagnant or even declining revenues due to struggling local economies and/or shrinking state and federal funds.

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Measuring Sprawl

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
TABLE 1 Most compact, connected metro areas, nationally

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Some places in the United States are sprawling out and some places are building in compact, connected ways. The difference between these two strategies affects the lives of millions of Americans.

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CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Heather Deutsch of the District Department of Transportation explains how D.C.’s pedestrian friendly sidewalk laws create walkable spaces within the city. City Walk is a unique series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities across America, and in the process, re-connecting us to our bodies, our civic values and public space.
As the show explores the walkability of these communities, viewers will learn about American history by exploring culturally rich neighborhoods, stunning architecture, monuments and beautiful parks that have helped define the character of each city.

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Oklahoma City, OK: Open Streets 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Oklahoma City, OK: Open Streets 2014

Better Block OKC created a pop-up cycle track at the first ever Open Streets event in Oklahoma City. Over 20,000 people showed up to the event to experience NW 23rd St by walking and biking. We hoped to encourage more people to ride their bike and to teach them about the different types of cycling infrastructure that is possible in OKC.

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NYC: Citizens Demand 20 MPH Slow Zones

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Streetfilms visited a well-attended event of 35 activists and volunteers in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There’s a big push citiwide in NYC from many sides including traffic safety neighborhood groups, advocacy groups and NYC councilmembers to get Albany’s state government to pass a “home rule” law allowing NYC to set the city wide speed limit at 20 mph.

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Urban Sustainability: Saving the Earth with Sustainable Cities

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Urban sustainability: Saving the earth with sustainable cities

For the first time ever, more people live in the world’s cities than in rural regions, and most population growth is occurring in urban areas. This trend points to the need for urban sustainability which uses green building practices and creative city planning to help reduce environmental damage. Cities may seem to be a threat to the environment since they generate more than three-quarters of carbon emissions globally; however, the concentration of so many people and vehicles in one place may also offer a chance to solve problems, whether in transport systems, fuel economy or urban planning.

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This Infra Week

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Streetsblog Parking Madness 2014

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
Parking Mad!
Report of Significant Rulemaking
Want to Build A Wildly Successful Startup?

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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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Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Currently the City of Providence is unable to manage all of the rain it receives. Every year, stormwater carries an unhealthy amount of pollution into our waterways and causes flooding in our streets and basements. Much of Providence’s system of storm drains, catch basins and underground pipes hails back to the 19th century, when the city had far fewer buildings and much less pavement. Today, Providence has developed into a thriving city with around 180,000 inhabitants. As the city continues to grow, we need to search for new solutions that allow us to manage our stormwater while protecting our communities and environment.

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