Tag Archives: Connectivity

Freeways Without Futures 2017

Scajaquada Expressway in Buffalo, NY (Credit: Mike Puma)
In Freeways Without Futures 2017, the Congress for the New Urbanism identifies the ten worst urban highways in America, each of which could be removed to fight pollution, ease traffic, and improve walkability and health. Additionally, for the first time, this report chronicles graduated highway campaigns that are successfully moving forward with removal. Learn more... Read more

Highway Conversion to Reconnect New Haven Neighborhoods

New Haven highway signs (Doug Kerr / Flickr)
The city of New Haven, Connecticut is leveraging $36 million in federal TIGER grants to convert an urban-renewal-era highway spur into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, opening up 10 acres of land in the city center for development in the process. By transforming the highway into a boulevard that slows traffic and links with downtown cross streets, the city hopes to knit the neighborhoods back together. Read more... Read more

Art Works: Creativity Connects

(Credit: NEA)
This National Endowment for the Arts initiative shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business... Read more

Can Spending Money on Trails and Density Grow Tech Jobs in St. Louis County?

A greenhouse that's part of the Danforth Plant Science Center (Laurie Skrivan / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The amenities and density that often help attract a highly educated workforce are somewhat lacking in a suburb developed when planners thought of little more than accommodating cars. Now, area leaders are planning trails and connections to food and entertainment, attributes many believe are necessary to continue attracting the top-notch scientific talent that drives biotech investment. Read more... Read more

Webinar: How to Use Shared Mobility to Build First/Last Mile Connections

Join the Shared-Use Mobility Center for a free webinar to learn how to use shared mobility to address first/last mile issues and increase access to public transportation. Presenters will cover emerging best practices that cities are using to leverage shared mobility to build first/last mile connections. The webinar will also cover ways that transportation and policy experts can use SUMC’s new Shared Mobility Toolkit. Register now... Read more

Smart and Connected Communities

Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life. The goal of this Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead... Read more

Turning “Dead Space” Into Green Space

Rendering of the proposed Buckhead Park over GA400 (Credit: Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)
Potential designs were recently revealed for a highway-capping park in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The concept envisions nine acres of green space over the Buckhead MARTA station and Georgia State Road 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads. The goal is to promote growth and development by reconnecting parts of Buckhead’s central business district that were severed by the freeway’s construction in the 1990s. Read more... Read more

No, Uber’s Not Going to Replace Buses, But It Can Complement Them

(Credit: Transit Center)
In a new report, “Private Mobility, Public Interest,” TransitCenter deflates some of the hype surrounding ridesharing services while laying out several opportunities for productive collaboration between public transit agencies and private mobility providers. Despite what you may have read, none of these services will replace transit — at least not buses and trains that move large numbers of people. But that doesn’t mean they can’t help transit agencies improve service, diversify their offerings, and operate more effectively. Read more... Read more
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