“Traffic and road capacity are not the inevitable result of growth. They are the product of very deliberate choices that have been made to shape our communities around the private automobile.”

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Think of it as a goal for 2020 and beyond.

STREETS AS PLACES: HOW TRANSPORTATION CAN CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, Project for Public Spaces

“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”
–William H. Whyte

While streets were once a place where we stopped for conversation and children played, they are now the exclusive domain of cars. Even where sidewalks are present along highways and high-speed streets, they feel inhospitable and out of place.

Traffic and road capacity are not the inevitable result of growth. They are the product of very deliberate choices that have been made to shape our communities around the private automobile. We have the ability to make different choices–starting with the decision to design our streets as comfortable places for people.

Thankfully, in recent years a growing number of people around the world have stood up and demanded something better. PPS is helping to show the way forward, assisting communities realize a different vision of what transportation can be.

Downtown streets can become destinations worth visiting, not just thruways to and from the workplace …

Bullet points for 2019.

10 Qualities of a Great Street

PPS has identified ten qualities that, in conjunction with the principles described above, contribute to the success of great streets.

  • Attractions & Destinations. 
  • Identity & Image. 
  • Active Edge Uses. 
  • Amenities. 
  • Management
  • Seasonal Strategies. 
  • Diverse User Groups. 
  • Traffic, Transit & the Pedestrian. 
  • Blending of Uses and Modes. 
  • Neighborhood Preservation. 

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