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Call for Innovation/Ideas
Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.
As interest in craft beer rises, cities & food/spirits entrepreneurs can provide space, equipment, and mentors for brewers and bottlers.
Backyard Chicken Keeping Programs
Backyard chicken keeping is a growing practice among city and suburb dwellers seeking fresh foods and pets.
Crowdresourcing Community Investments
Crowdresourcing uses small community contributions of money, time and goods for civic improvements. The term crowdsourcing also used.
Outdoor Dining & Sidewalk Cafes
Outdoor cafes and dining extends restaurant seating and enlivens the sidewalk environment. Cities enact rules and policies to balance restaurant activity with the public’s’ interest in public spaces.
Public Space Stewardship Guide
San Francisco CA has issued the Public Space Stewardship Guide: A toolkit for funding, programming and maintenance. Focused on parks and small scale projects, the guide is presented in both pdf and a web-based formats.
Popup Work Spaces
Popup workspaces provide temporary, outdoor workspaces with amenities (electricity, Wi-Fi, and seating) as gathering spaces centered on work.
Mow to Own Vacant Lot Programs
“Mow to Own” programs enlist local residents who wish to acquire vacant, typically city-owned lots to care for lots in exchange for eventual ownership of the lot. These programs typically most effective in cities with a considerable number of vacant lots and low demand.
Cities can enlist citizens, companies and non-profit groups to adopt, manage or put vacant lots to community uses such as gardens, stormwater management and playgrounds.
Healthy Corner Store Initiatives
Healthy corner store initiatives aim to expand healthy eating options to corner stores and sidewalk stalls in areas with little or no access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs provide consulting and funds to select recipients for hazard mitigation planning and hazard mitigation projects, including construction, prior to a disaster event.
Corvalis Metropolitan Planning Area Scenario Viewer
The Corvallis Metropolitan Planning Area (CAMPO) strategic assessment modeled policy combinations and context factors to find out how different choices (policy factors like community design) and different external influences (context factors such as fuel prices) could affect future vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel costs, and other outcomes in the region.
Los Angeles – Sustainable City pLAn & Dashboard
The Sustainable City pLAn is a roadmap for a Los Angeles to align environmental, health, economic, and equity goals. The plan includes both short term results and long term goals, as well as a dashboard of sustainability metrics for reporting near-term plan elements.
City Resilience Framework
Resilience is about making cities better by increasing the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow amid both long term and short term stress and shocks.
Neighborhood Partnering Program – Austin TX
The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or donated labor (sweat-equity).
Economic Development + Stormwater – What's New?
Urban stormwater control is all too often seen as a cost. How can cities and property owners flip this calculus to reap economic returns? This booklet, a product of a 2014 American Planning Association national conference session, compiles the latest information from several sources.
A Successful Downtown – Lafayette Downtown Action Plan
Through a community wide appraisal, Lafayette Louisiana reaffirmed its strengths and looked to future challenges. In order to attract and keep talent, the town found it needed to add quality housing, connections, and enhance the unique value proposition offered by downtown: convenience, vibrancy and outdoor living rooms.
11th Street Bridge Park
As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.
Urban Wayfinding Manual of Best Practices
As walkability grows, so does the need for wayfinding designed for travelers on foot. This guide takes readers through the important steps of planning and executing great wayfinding (including the growing use of digital and apps).
Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy
The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to identify and instrumentalize how design can foster innovation to meet American cities’ changing needs.