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Public Art & Placemaking for Rural Areas Toolkit
The public art and placemaking toolkit provides information for temporary placemaking and public art programs specific to rural areas.
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.
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.
Citizens Guide to Density
As the greater Toronto area seeks ways to add density, many concepts of adding a variety of housing units have been difficult to conceptualize and communicate. In response, the planning firm Urban Strategies developed a Citizen’s Guide to Density specific to the Greater Toronto Region.
Top Five Components of a Successful Bike Share System
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) developed an infographic with the most important features to consider when establishing a bike sharing system. The top five components are: (1) Station density, (2) Bikes per resident, (3) Coverage area, (4) Quality Bicycles and (5) Easy-to-use stations. The infographic distills information in their larger Bike Share Planning Guide.
Accessory Dwelling Unit Survey for Portland, Eugene, and Ashland, Oregon
In 2013, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released a survey on Accessory Dwelling Units in 2013 and how they are used in three cities: Portland, Ashland and Eugene. The study looks into several issues typically raised with detached housing units built in single family neighborhoods: parking, usage and size.
Do Community Engagement Toolkits Work? Research from California
Local governments and agencies are opening up public engagement processes on all types of activities. In California, UC-Berkeley investigated what kinds of engagement tools actually work to support community planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and topics such as affordable housing, density and TOD. (Publication – 28 pages)
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.
Queenstown Streetmaps – Slope Maps
The disAbilities Reource Centre Queenstown commissioned a series of maps to assist people visiting Queenstown. The brief was to show toliets and disabilities car parks, and the steepness of streets. The maps are presented in dimetric projection with a vertical axis added to show three different slope types.
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.
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.
Do-It-Yourself Urban Design – New Research
Professor Gordon C. C. Douglas from the University of Chicago studies the motives and impact of civic hackers who seek to improve their neighborhoods through what he calls “unauthorized alterations,” or also referred to as tactical urbanism. This article (pdf from Wiley) examines evidence and other fieldwork in 14 cities in order to develop a new analytic framework for DIY urban design