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‘We Failed’ To Design Park That Benefited Neighbors, High Line Creator Says

A view of the Chelsea Grasslands on the High Line (Tim Schenck)
The creators of the High Line “failed” to design a park that benefited the neighborhood around it, one of its co-founders said. Instead of asking what the design should look like, the co-founder said he wish he’d asked, “What can we do for you?” Since the park opened in 2009, it has attracted millions of visitors and garnered widespread praise, but it’s also been accused of putting gentrification into “hyperdrive” and “destroying” the neighborhoods it traverses. Read more... Read more

Dangerous by Design 2016

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On average, 13 people were struck and killed by a car while walking every day in 2014. This report from Smart Growth America takes a closer look at this alarming epidemic. The report examines the metro areas that are the most dangerous for people walking and includes a racial and income-based examination of the people who are most at risk, and for the first time also ranks states by their danger to pedestrians. Read report... Read more

Every Place Counts Design Challenge Summary Report

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This report from the U.S. Department of Transportation summarizes the experiences and lessons learned from the four selected cities – Spokane, WA; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – that participated in the Every Place Counts Design Challenge. Every Place Counts leveraged federal, state, and local resources for practices that enhance mobility and access while building opportunity and equity for local neighborhoods. Read report... Read more

Applying Performance-Based Practical Design Methods to Complete Streets: A Primer on Employing Performance-Based Practical Design and Transportation Systems Management and Operations to Enhance the Design of Complete Streets

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This primer from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) explains how the application of performance-based practical design principles combined with transportation system management and operations strategies can promote the consideration and application of Complete Street design principles to a wider range of contexts. Read report... Read more

New Design Guide Helps Planners Hack Tactical Urbanism

A Build a Better Block installation in Kansas City inspired by activists in Oak Cliff, Dallas (Credit: Build a Better Block)
Literature on and toolkits for tactical urbanism have proliferated over the past decade, but the Street Plans Collaborative — authors of the popular book Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change — felt there was still a need for nittier, grittier guidance. The group’s new 132-page online publication, “The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design,” dives into the details of pop-up urbanism: when to use tape or paint or chalk, how to choose the right materials for temporary barriers,... Read more

New Designs Look to Make Edmonton Winters Less Severe

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Using color and light is the basis of a proposed plan from Edmonton’s Winter City working group. The winter design guidelines were crafted by a local architects, builders, and planners to get the most out of Edmonton’s long dark six months of winter using five main principles: blocking wind, emphasizing sunshine, adding light, adding color, and promoting cycling. Read more... Read more

14th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet—people, prosperity, and the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order... Read more
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