Urban Planning

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

How DC Planners Used a Bikeshare Program to Reduce Traffic Congestion

DC's first bikesharing program may have been a flop, but its successor program has managed to lift some traffic congestion. What made the current program successful, and what can other planners learn from DC's success? 

5 Simple Things You Can Do Make Your City More Walkable

5 Simple Things You Can Do Make Your City More Walkable

There has been a lot of talk about walkability recently. Research links walkability with safer, healthier communities, but obviously, not all cities currently enjoy highly walkable neighborhoods. The good news is that more and more cities are beginning to think seriously about investing in more walkable infrastructure. This trend is leading many planners and community leaders to consider questions like: How does one evaluate walkability in the first place? And what kinds of improvements can we make NOW? Both are great questions! To get started, below we’ve listed some simple ways to increase walkability in your city.

Three Quick Takeaways from the December 13 EPA Webinar

Three Quick Takeaways from the December 13 EPA Webinar

Strong, sustainable communities start with great decisions — and all good decisions are rooted in data. As people who plan, manage, and shape the cities we live in, where our decisions come from and how they’re made matters. But there’s a problem: This type of insight is notoriously difficult to access, analyze, and share.

A Reformed School System: The Pride of Baltimore City

A Reformed School System: The Pride of Baltimore City

Baltimore is barely recognizable from the city it used to be. Its high school system has come leaps and bounds from where it was before, particularly when it comes to two of the most crucial performance metrics—graduation rates and dropout rates. When examining some of the measures taken during this period to boost high school student and graduate numbers, one might reasonably conclude that the ingenuity of the policies adopted by Baltimore City provides a shining example for other cities looking to bolster their own records on education.

Smart Growth America Tackles Lack of Broadband Access in Appalachia

Smart Growth America Tackles Lack of Broadband Access in Appalachia

Alex Hutchinson, economic development specialist for Smart Growth America, has been working to tackle the lack of internet connectivity in Appalachian communities. Places that struggle with access to high-speed internet often face economic roadblocks as a result. A lack of internet connection can severely stunt a community’s growth. Read how he's using data to learn more about these places and help get them connected. 

When Census Data Isn’t Enough

When Census Data Isn’t Enough

Karina Heim is a planner at WSB & Associates, a firm specializing in engineering, planning, environmental and construction services. In order to be successful in her work, she relies on data to understand different communities and project areas. Learn how she was able to go beyond traditional Census data to gather demographic information for her custom project boundaries.