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Posts Tagged ‘Walkability’

2017 Great Places in America: Suggest Your Favorite Place

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
2017 Great Places in America: Suggest Your Favorite Place

Nominations are now being accepted through May 10 for 2017’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods, and Great Public Spaces. APA will recognize this year’s Great Places during National Community Planning Month in October. planning.org/greatplaces

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Pushed Out: Housing Displacement in an Unaffordable Region

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Households Spending More Than 30% of Their Income on Housing, 2000-2015

The idea that people can find a comfortable place to put down community roots for the long term is increasingly precarious. The pressure on poorer residents to leave for more distant areas and make way for people who can afford more has seemingly moved from neighborhood to neighborhood with little slowdown, overcoming recessions, natural disasters, and concerted efforts from government and community organizations alike. There is a common thread in the areas experiencing these pressures: They are walkable areas with good access to jobs and public transit. And they also are the areas where the people most vulnerable to displacement are likely to live.

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Freeways Without Futures

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Freeways without Futures

Since the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, America has spent billions to create the Interstate Highway System—an ongoing march of construction and investment that has fundamentally reshaped our regions, cities, towns, and rural places. That same highway infrastructure, however, came as a blight on urban neighborhoods, with disastrous consequences for cities.

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NACTO: Cities Leading the Way

Friday, January 27th, 2017
NACTO: Cities Leading the Way

NACTO builds cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices. With great leadership, cities lead the way on transportation, creating a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

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Disparities in Park Quality and Pedestrian Streetscape Environments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Disparities in Park Quality, Disparities in Pedestrian Streetscapes

Low‐income and minority populations suffer disproportionately high rates of chronic disease. Accordingly, national and international authorities have made the elimination of health disparities a priority. Many factors can contribute to health disparities, including disparities in the quality of neighborhood environments. For example, having a neighborhood park and pedestrian‐friendly streets may impact opportunities to engage in physical activity – a behavior that can reduce risk of chronic disease.

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Colorado’s Transit, Biking & Walking Needs Over The Next 25 Years

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Colorado Investment

Transit, walking and biking are critical components of a 21st century transportation system in Colorado but have been underfunded for decades. Without significant investments in transit, biking and pedestrian services and infrastructure, Colorado will not be able to meet the demands and challenges of our shifting demographics and growing population, and will miss out on the many benefits transit, walking and biking provide.

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State of the Region’s Health: How the New York Metropolitan Region’s Urban Systems Influence Health

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
How the Region’s Urban Form and Connectivity Affect Health

REGIONAL PLAN ASSOCIATION
This report seeks to add to our understanding of the health impacts of long term urban planning decisions. How do planning decisions such as investment in a subway line, the creation of a park or the redevelopment of a neighborhood affect health outcomes decades later? To answer that question we need to look at not only how individual localities work alone, but how clusters of cities, towns and villages work together.

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Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
TransitCenter - Who’s On Board 2016

TRANSITCENTER
When do people choose transit, and in what conditions? We answer these critical questions by examining how people use transit, using information gathered from a survey of 3,000 people who ride transit in 17 regions and through focus-group discussions with riders in three cities.

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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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New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

The story of how Downtown New Britain, Connecticut developed a Complete Streets Master Plan, and in the process gained so much more.

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