Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

February 10, 2016 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

streetBeyond traffic and safety issues, many of our generation’s most pressing challenges are bound in some way to our relationship with streets and the built environment: Reduced physical activity is a leading culprit of our current epidemics of obesity and chronic disease; lack of access to good places has led to widespread social isolation and depression (particularly amongst older populations); increased vehicle emissions have degraded air quality and contributed to the greenhouse gases causing climate change; and a lack of transportation options for many communities has caused uneven access to jobs, social services,  healthy food options, and community interaction.

Streets can once again become thriving, livable environments for people, not just cars. Downtown streets can become cultural destinations, not just monotonous routes to and from the workplace. Neighborhood streets can become safe play zones for children, and commercial areas can become grand boulevards that welcome pedestrians, vendors, cyclists, and drivers alike. How?

Read Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots at Project for Public Spaces.


Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Business, Community, Health/Wellness, Placemaking.

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