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Planning, Design and Infrastructure

The urban place manager emphasizes efforts on the built environment because of the significant impacts they have on the quality of life and one’s authentic experience of a place. Every place is different; therefore, place management strategies should respond to a myriad of place-based identifiers including, the place’s specific scale, status, culture, climate, community vision, goals, and mission, keeping at the forefront considerations of sustainability and resilience.

Through numerous approaches, such as land and real estate development, zoning and land-use, streetscape improvements, transit-oriented development, multi-modal connections, sustainable infrastructure, attainable housing initiatives and historic preservation among others, place managers enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders of a place.

Increase the Use of Bicycles in Urban Places

May 01, 2019 Webinar

The bicycle will play an increasingly important role as cities strive to provide multi-modal options for their ever-growing populations of urban dwellers. This webinar highlights the benefits of increased cycling and its selling points as a transportation alternative to single occupancy vehicles.

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Holding Back the Tides of Time: How We Deal With Changing Retail Mixes

April 15, 2019 Presentation

There is an ever-widening array of policy tools that cities in California and beyond have already implemented or are considering in an effort to regulate retail mixes and slow tenant displacement in rapidly-gentrifying or already-gentrified business districts. With some of these, enough time has even elapsed that we can now start to analyze outcomes.

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Leveraging Development to Invest in Infrastructure

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Cities aim for a thriving and vibrant downtown – one that attracts residents, companies, workers, tourists, and visitors alike. But what happens when that growth is on a fast track and infrastructure planning has a multi-decade-long runway? In this panel we’ll learn about California’s Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District legislation, how and when to use it, and what it can do to transform a district.

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The High Cost of Parking Requirements

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Donald Shoup, Research Professor at the Department of Urban Planning, University of California, LA, lays out the reasons why cities around the US and abroad are freeing themselves from minimum parking requirements in their urban places. Benefits include; promoting the creation of downtown apartments, meeting the needs of small businesses, prevent auto-oriented townhouses, increase walkability, and more!

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Bringing Back Main Streets

April 15, 2019 Presentation

A look at historically popular areas that went through an idle period, but have since seen a resurgence through a combination of means (space management, economic development, etc).

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Curb Appeal: Tools for Prioritizing Curb Uses

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Innovative disruption in mobility and economic development have created new demands on curb space in dense urban places. Traditional uses like metered parking and valet stands are often in conflict with new uses like food delivery, rideshare, and dockless mobility services. Learn how to quantify and analyze competing curb uses in existence today and gain tools to advocate for the reallocation of curb space to serve new priorities in your community.

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Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan

April 15, 2019 Award

The Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan focuses on creating a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant community that prepares for the future while preserving, enhancing, and celebrating the culture and heritage of Parramore. The Plan contains the community’s vision for their neighborhoods based on a set of Healthy Community Design principles, and provides strategies with short, mid and long term action items.

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Door To Downtown

April 15, 2019 Award

The City of Boulder and the Downtown Boulder Partnership saw an opportunity to mitigate a significant parking shortage by getting visitors to use transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber or Lyft. Door-to-Downtown (d2d) offered TNC credits for potential shoppers traveling to and from downtown. The pilot was designed to target retail and restaurant patrons since they are critical to the success of downtown and are the most vocal critics of parking availability.

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It’s A Parking Lot Problem

April 15, 2019 Award

Parking lots had taken over the landscape of downtown Mobile, AL. One of the top five complaints the Downtown Mobile Alliance heard referenced was the “conditions of the [privately owned] parking lots.” In 2012, the Downtown Mobile Alliance hired DPZ to develop a form-based code for downtown. This would provide architectural guidance for building in the areas of downtown that were not within a historic district.

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The Garage at Clinton Row Adaptive Re-Use Project

April 15, 2019 Award

The Garage at Clinton Row project retrofitted a 30+ year-old municipal park deck that, while structurally sound, negatively impacted the pedestrian experience and retail traffic along a key downtown corridor. This project is a blueprint for re-activating first floor parking garages with mixed-use and transforming upper levels and the surrounding areas with creative place-making projects like decorative lighting, bikeshare, and event programming.

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