Phase One of the Rail Park, Philly’s High Line, Will Open Soon

This early portion of the Rail Park, ​Philly’s own version of the High Line, is almost ready. The cost is $10.3 million, and nearly all of the money has been raised through local, state and private funds. This part of the Rail Park is about relaxation, entertainment and community gathering as much as it is about walking. There will be benches, trees, flowers, art from the Percent for Art program and industrial swings modeled somewhat after the makeshift swings built on... Read more

The AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit

​Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and large city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That’s why pop-up demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools. When it’s possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved. The AARP... Read more

Cultural Corridor Consortium Grants

Transportation for America is seeking to award $50,000 (each) to creative placemaking projects in three cities that engage residents, attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies, and spark new conversations that bring more people to the table to plan and implement new transportation investments. T4America is especially committed to funding collaborative projects that expand transportation opportunities and local control for low-income people, recent immigrants, and people of color living in communities that have experienced disproportionate disinvestment and... Read more

The Brilliant Simplicity of New York’s New Times Square

Times Square recently completed its six-year transformation from a congested thoroughfare into a European-style piazza. The redesign doubled the amount of pedestrian space. Remaking the Crossroads of the World follows a broader trend by cities around the world to create more pedestrian-friendly spaces that favor people over cars. Read more... Read more

The Reality of Main Street

It is true that main streets have been battered in recent decades. Big-box and internet retail paired with the globalization of production have exposed communities to unprecedented competition. Sprawling development and migration have emptied out many small downtowns. Yet far from a myth, some main streets are thriving. These communities leverage the density of older and historic buildings, educational institutions and community and cultural facilities in their town centers to attract investment and bring renewed vitality to once hollowed-out downtowns.... Read more
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