Browse Topics: Infrastructure
Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets in NYC
Cities need to set new goals for their streets if they are to meet the needs of a dynamic and growing city and address the problems of vehicle crashes, traffic congestion, poor-performing bus and bike networks, and environments that are inhospitable for pedestrians.
Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program
Rain Gardens filter and cool storm water before it enters streams and rivers. But siting and maintaining rain gardens for effective stormwater management requires special care. The Master Rain garden program extends the popular Master Gardener programs to create low input, high performing landscapes.
First Mile/Last Mile Guide for Expanding the Reach of Transit
Transit trips (e.g., rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, bus) are comprised not only of the journey on a transit vehicle, but also those trips (1) from origin to the transit stop and (2) from the end station to the ultimate destination. These end trips to/from station areas are often made on foot, by bicycle or car/vanpools. Cities are beginning to improve these first mile/last mile pathways in order to increase the “transit-shed” of riders.
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.
The Idea Garden – Greening Urban Space through Crowdfunding
The Idea Garden in the Wynwood District of Miami brings greenspace to a transforming warehouse district through crowdsourcing and idea sharing.
Strategic Stormwater Solutions for Transit-Oriented Development
When redevelopment occurs in built-out urban communities, stormwater management competes with other site features for limited, valuable space. This publication (42 pages) outlines a new concept for shared, stacked-function green infrastructure (SSGI) to achieve economic, cost and environmental benefits around transit stations.
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.
Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual
Philadelphia released a Green Streets Design Manual (Feb 2014) to introduce park-like, functional infrastructure back into the city’s paved landscape. The manual covers a list of suggested practices and the specifications needed to meet multiple goals from myriad agencies that have responsibility over streets.
James Hunter Park: Dog Park and Community Plaza
Arlington Virginia’s James Hunter Park is more than a dog park. It is a sustainable community gathering place within two blocks of the Clarendon Metro stop. The park serves a large population of dog owners as well as nearby residents and workers. More than 8,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the park and nearly 15,000 more work in the area.
Bike Share: Capital Bikeshare
Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) includes a fleet of over 2,500 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. As of 2013, CaBi had 22,200 members. CaBi began in 2010, and in 3 years of operation riders took more than 6 million trips.
Bike Share: Citi Bike
Citi Bike includes a fleet of over 6,000 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, with a projected expansion to 10,000 bicycles and 600 stations. As of 2013, Citi Bike had more than 94,000 members. In its first 5 months of operation, riders took more than 5 million Citi Bike trips.
Bike Share: Deco Bike
Deco Bike of Miami Beach provides bike share memberships for residents, and hourly rentals for visitors and tourists. The system includes 1,000 bikes at 85 docking stations, available 24 hours per day. Founded in 2011, Deco Bike riders recorded 3 million rides in the first 3 years of operation.
Bike Share: Hubway
Founded in 2011, Hubway includes a fleet of over 1,000 bicycles at more than 100 bike share stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA. The system is part of the Alta Bike share group, which includes Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, Australia’s Melbourne Bike Share, Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare, New York City’s Citi Bike, and others. The program was funded by $4.5 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration and local organizations.
San Francisco Eco Districts
Eco-Districts are four types of neighborhood scale public-private partnerships (the Blank Slate, the Patchwork Quilt, the Strengthened Neighborhood, and the Industrial Network) that strengthen the economy and reduce environmental impacts while creating a stronger sense of place and community.
Streetmix Street Design App
Streetmix is a computer program that allows users to mix and match street design elements such as sidewalks, planter strips, vehicle and bike lanes and other street dimensions. dreams
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.