Browse Topics: Policies
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
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.
Shared Mobility: Current Practices & Guiding Principles
This primer introduces shared mobility, discusses the government’s role, reviews success stories, examines, lessons learned, & proposed solutions; and concludes with guiding principles.
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.
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.
Digital Services Playbook
Digital services projects (email campaign, websites, mobile apps) too often fail to meet expectations. For government agencies, several factors contribute to unused or unusable features: outdated project development practices, outdated procurement regulations, and no avenue to fix bugs after a launch. In response, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council created the Digital Services Playbook, which identifies a series of “plays” drawn from new practices such as agile development to help agencies successfully deliver digital services.
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.
DCdecoded.org: User-Friendly Access to Washington D.C. Laws
By replacing proprietary web sites with a free and attractive web interface, DCdecoded.org puts the law directly in the hands of communities. The new site opens up D.C.’s laws with simplified browsing, searching, and downloads of the entire District legal code.
San Francisco Police Department Bike Anti-Theft Unit – Social Campaign
As the bike share of transportation systems grow, so do the challenges. In San Francisco, the SF Police Department has launched an ambitious, innovative program to limit bike theft.
Protected Intersection Design for Bicycles
While the miles of protected, on-street bike lanes continues to grow, that protection ends at intersections. Nick Falbo adapts Dutch design to extend protection through intersections.
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.
Walnut Creek: Priority Based Budgeting
In 2012, Walnut Creek California decided to forgo the traditional budgeting process in favor of a new community driven process to identify priority goals, programs that address those goals, and funding levels. They used rich graphic design instead of text and spreadsheets to tell a story about choices and challenges.
Made in New York Digital Map
To support and expand the technology sector, New York City created a user-updated map showing the location of tech fimrs, funders and office space.