211853 Streets as places: Using streets to build healthy communities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:00 AM

Stephen Davies , Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY
As the baby boomer generation approaches retirement age, both citizens and professional planners alike are being challenged to advocate for and create safe and walkable communities that enhance livability for the country's aging population. In order to do this, citizens must learn the fundamentals of how to engage their transportation agency and understand the technical and regulatory process that shape transportation decision-making. Once citizens are able to interact collaboratively with their local or state transportation department, they will be able to effectively advocate for better streets that focus on place and provide pleasant and enriching pedestrian experiences. This partnership can benefit location-specific transportation projects, as well as corridor planning efforts that also consider land use, valued community resources, street networks, and multiple modes of travel. Such a holistic corridor approach can benefit both transportation and community outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how citizens can engage their transportation agencies to advocate for more livable streets and communities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Senior Vice President at Project for Public Spaces with 31 years of experience in working with communities to plan and design public spaces that serve as vital community assets.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.