Topic: Local resiliency
Project Great Streets chronicles how the city of Austin, Texas, revitalized their once dying downtown by reclaiming its public realm for people and rebuilding its downtown grid as walkable and livable great streets.
Forget those hypothetical surveys. Nothing speaks louder than when one has to put money where the mouth is.
Faced with a declining local population and inability to get help for their store, two sisters in a tiny town on Cape Breton Island in Canada, came up with an idea to attract people to their town.
Vancouver’s multi-modal success story – achieving a 50% sustainable mode share of bike, walk and transit, four years earlier than its goal – is demarcated by three seminal events in urban planning and spacing making.
A recent report highlights the threat of escalating rents to small local businesses vital to a resilient community and ways a municipal government can help mitigate it.
Nicole Foss, co-editor of Automatic Earth, outlines eloquently in this video the dynamics when the economy shifts from an expanding to a contracting phase. The key message is that as the economy becomes contracting and depressive, many institutions and …
This Strong Town article draws an identical analogy between a natural watershed and our road system. The same principle of flood control applies to both.
The first and necessary step towards a rational re-thinking of our transportation priorities involves the dispelling of the long held and common myth that drivers pay for the full cost of the roads they drive on.
The lost art of urban design and the essential elements that make an urban place attractive, as ‘re-discovered’ in this dated video by a then pioneer of urban space design, are refreshingly and equally, if not even more so, applicable in today’s new towns and suburbs.
Lured by no-money-down and an immediate boost in property tax revenue, a city often approves development projects which end up with negative returns down the road. This concept only becomes obvious after digging into the income and expenses over a lifecycle of a project.
A real life example is used to illustrate how the discipline of a business case analysis can and should be applied to determine the implications of a new development project to the finance of a municipality.
In a growing city such as Maple Ridge, BC, leapfrogging suburban developments are adding more inventories to the city’s asset base and making its infrastructure deficit worse than it already is.
Apart from its commonly known costs, suburban sprawl is hitting municipal governments with hidden costs as a result of misguided policies.
Total miles driven in the U.S. has gone down to a level last seen in 1995 after reaching a peak in 2005. Could this be the generational peak in driving we are witnessing?