Richard Willson has made a name for himself in California and throughout the country as someone who knows about how parking interacts with transit and transit-oriented development (TOD). His work, along with that of Robert Cervero, has moved the needle forward and been cited in numerous county and city documents attempting to reverse the trend of over parking in urban centers and along transit corridors.
Editor's Note: The nexus of transportation and health and the growing importance of the built environment and the availability of fresh produce in the battle against our national obesity epidemic are the subject of this week's Are We There Yet? excerpt.
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The emerging understanding about the relationships between physical activity, health and the built environment has pushed public health advocates into the arena of transportation and land-use planning, where they’ve gotten consistent and impressive results. For example, in Nashville, Tennessee, the regional planning agency has incorporated public health objectives into its transportation plan, which now includes a bike and transit network, and has provided immediate funding for a “complete streets” policy requiring 70 percent of roads — up from 2 percent — to include sidewalks and bike lanes.
In Tennessee, where one in three…
URBAN ISSUESHow Can Affordable Housing Survive in California
San Diego Union Tribune
The future of affordable housing in California has looked bleak with reduced funding from the federal government and the elimination of redevelopment agencies, a major funding source for such development in the state.
URBANISM & DESIGNIs All This New Ohio City Development Good?
Come Saturday, Ohio City will be bedlam, as it is most Saturdays. The intersection of West 25th and Lorain will be endlessly logjammed as the suburban tourists descend upon the West Side Market with their bags and their strollers and all the force and rancor of the Uruk-hai.
TRANSPORTWill Central Corridor Lessons Transfer to Southwest
Twin Cities Finance and Commerce
Businesses along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line had to sue in federal court to get the Metropolitan Council to provide an estimate of how much revenue local establishments lost during the transit line's construction.
URBANISM & DESIGNAustin's Waller Creek Project Unveiled
Austin Business Journals
Design firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. presented its vision for transforming downtown Austin's Waller Creek from a mostly stagnant and underused public space into one of the most exciting urban parks around.