Browse Topics: Plans
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.
Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies. For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
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.
Downtown Saginaw Infill & Revitalization Charrette
While dire municipal budgets and loss of government support for planning are well covered in the news, New E.R.A. Community Group and the City of Saginaw are proving that home grown dreamers can still make a difference and influence meaningful change. Good planning does not have to be driven be the available dollars but by the community itself.
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.
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.
The Jordan: Creative Solutions for Affordable Housing TOD, Class A Office Space, and Neighborhood Participation
The Jordan is a 90-unit affordable housing development in Arlington Virginia built through a unique collaborative land swap. The solution was a result of community participation and teamwork between affordable housing advocates, developers, and neighborhood civic associations.