Making Bus Rapid Transit Work in Your City
More and more US cities are considering or implementing Bus Rapid Transit to provide an efficient and economical transit option. How are cities building these systems, given limited resources and how are they marketing them to transit riders? How do BRT systems affect the growth of a business corridor?
Strategies for Downtown Development and Revitalization
Downtowns are the economic and cultural heart of a city, and cities can employ various tools to support development, but effective strategies are not always obvious. How can cities encourage downtown development as opposed to development elsewhere?
How does zoning affect development and create a walkable, welcoming, vibrant downtown? What role does transit play in driving downtown development?
Better Outreach to Engage Stakeholders
Cities strive to involve a broad array of residents in the planning process, but the standard public meeting doesn’t go far enough anymore. How can cities most effectively reach out to engage stakeholders from different ethnic groups, age ranges, neighborhoods and income levels? What best practices to engage constituents in decisions about a polarizing topic? How is technology, art and crowdsourcing being used to enhance participation and improve the quality of collaboration with citizens?
Tackling Density in Residential Neighborhoods
Residents are historically comfortable with downtown density, but not so in single-family home, residential neighborhoods. How can cities increase palatable density in residential neighborhoods to support retail nodes and transit and to slow the growth of sprawl? What steps have cities taken to create the capacity for growth while maintaining local character?