I love urban planning stuff. Urban planning that advocates for well designed streets as public places? Big heart on.
The National Organization of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a network of big-city transportation departments, today released the Urban Street Design Guidebook, created in an effort to outline the “21st-century demands” of urban streets, writes NACTO president Janette Sadik-Khan (you might know her better as much -discussed commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.)
Many ideas put forth in the guide — such as the value of more pedestrian-oriented streets and low impact design — will be familiar to those who have read essential urbanist texts, like the popular Smart Growth Manual, or have sat for five minutes with an excitable urban planner. But as a resource for local governments, the guide is an accessible and comprehensive introduction. With a quick read-over, it exposes bureaucrats and department heads alike to the fundamentals of new ideas in urban planning.
Read the full post: “Guide to Building Better Streets Released” on Next American City.