Planners and Architects

Case Studies

New York: Pop-Up Galleries

Founded in 2009, the nonprofit group No Longer Empty produces curatorial-driven, site-specific temporary art installations and programming in vacant sites around New York City. The installations serve as a catalyst for community building and economic development. While No Longer Empty has canvassed neighborhoods looking for suitable vacant spaces, thanks to its growing reputation, property owners … Continue reading New York: Pop-Up Galleries

New York: Play Streets

In 2008, neighbors in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens, New York City, wanted to turn a wide, underused street next to Travers Park into a weekend play street. Ron Hayduk, a member of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance, reached out to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and discovered that the original play-street applications, … Continue reading New York: Play Streets

San Francisco: Improving by Policy

San Francisco has made itself a more walkable community through a variety of policy approaches. The city first passed a Better Streets Policy in 2006 to create a unifed set of standards, guidelines, and implementation strategies for its pedestrian environment. While agencies coordinated to create the Better Streets Plan, however, residents were still being hurt on the streets. Between 2005 and 2008, … Continue reading San Francisco: Improving by Policy

Webinars

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper- And Healthier Webinar Report

On April 23, 2015, America Walks offered a webinar titled “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper And Healthier.” Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. The webinar focused on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to … Continue reading Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper- And Healthier Webinar Report

re:Streets – re:Imagining, re:Purposing, and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Space

Many of us take our streets for granted. They are places where we drive cars; some of them accept buses or bicycles or plain old pedestrians; and they transport us from home to work to shopping to entertainment: from A to B and from B to A. But streets can be so much more than … Continue reading re:Streets – re:Imagining, re:Purposing, and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Space

Strategies to Transform the Built Environment – Lighter Quicker Cheaper & Healthier

An increasing number of communities are accelerating their progress through ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ (LQC) strategies to transform the built environment by taking incremental steps, using low-cost experiments, tapping into local talent, and paving the way towards longer term change. Presenters from the Project for Public Spaces address the importance of creating healthy places and a … Continue reading Strategies to Transform the Built Environment – Lighter Quicker Cheaper & Healthier

Leadership at the Top: Working with State & Local Officials to Prioritize Walking into Transportation Planning

Top officials in the Tennessee transportation community will talk about how walking and walkability are being integrated into transportation planning in Tennessee. Find out why the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), a multi-modal agency, has won numerous awards for its innovation and dedication to transportation and provides one of the best transportation systems in the … Continue reading Leadership at the Top: Working with State & Local Officials to Prioritize Walking into Transportation Planning