Author Archives: Heather Poston

Vacant Lot Transforms Into Sculpture Park in East Baltimore

Once a dumping ground for garbage, the vacant lot on Homestead Street in East Baltimore is now a beautiful sculpture park. Dubbed The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, the new installment is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Office Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability’s Growing Green Initiative’s Lots Alive grant program that supports the creation of temporary public art projects on vacant lots. Read more... Read more

St. Pete Envisions a Future Free of Traffic Snags

Imagine a city in which bicycles travel from place to place with the same ease as cars and other motorized traffic. That’s the idea behind St. Petersburg’s Complete Streets program. It’s the local edition of a national push by Smart Growth America to make sure everyone – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities – can safely get where they want to go. Read more... Read more

Young Families Typically Leave Cities for the Suburbs. Here’s How to Keep Them Downtown.

Cities are losing families because families need bigger homes, while developers have every incentive to squeeze in as many small homes as possible, to maximize their profit per square foot. Unless cities step in, that’s what developers will keep doing. Urbanist Brent Toderian explains how Vancouver held onto its families. He says that there are three elements of family-friendly city design: bigger housing, amenities for families, and a safe, welcoming public realm. Read more... Read more

RFP: Guidebook and Research Plan to Help Communities Improve Transportation to Health Care Services

The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) issued a request for proposals to develop a guidebook to help communities improve transportation to health care services. The guidebook will outline future research priorities, technology used to facilitate access to health care services, funding for health care transportation, and performance metrics. Proposals due July 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Suburban Sprawl is Out. Smart Growth, Redevelopment, Transit Stations are In

The Census Bureau recently released new municipal population estimates, and the data confirm that a transformation is indeed happening in New Jersey. A number of our urban and built-out municipalities have experienced growth since the recession. Built-out places – which also tend to be the more compact, walkable, and transit-accessible places – have reversed decades of stagnation and sometimes outright population loss, and are now the primary drivers of growth in the post-recession era. Read more... Read more

Bike, Walk and Roll: Minneapolis Expands Bike Lane Network with Eye on Disability Access

Many popular commercial corridors will eventually cede part of the roadway to designated lanes for bicycles. The shift is already fanning the debate about safety, traffic congestion and lost parking in front of shops and homes. But there’s another concern: How can people with disabilities navigate these new streets safely? Read more... Read more
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