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What Makes a Great Public Destination?

What Makes a Great Public Destination? | green streets | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster wrote about the necessary ingredients for a city trying o develop a successful start-up community. His advice seemed applicable to any community that’s trying to create a strong local sense of place, so we’ve retrofitted his recommendations to speak broadly to people who are working to transform their public spaces into magnetic destinations that are reflective of the diverse communities that surround them.


Stop by and read the complete article for details on the elements of great public spaces, including:

  • place capital
  • events
  • access to advocates
  • local press + organizational tools
  • placemakers
  • flagship public space
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Rail~Volution coming to DC this October - Greater Greater Washington

Rail~Volution coming to DC this October - Greater Greater Washington | green streets | Scoop.it
Rail~Volution coming to DC this OctoberGreater Greater WashingtonRail~Volution, the leading national conference for anyone passionate about transit and smart growth, is coming to DC October 16-19.
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After 30 Years of Bike/Ped Advocacy, How Far Have We Come?

After 30 Years of Bike/Ped Advocacy, How Far Have We Come? | green streets | Scoop.it

In 1980, the very first Pro Bike conference was convened in Asheville, North Carolina. At the time, the movement to carve out more space for bicycling on North American streets was young, and the first conference was attended by around 100 people. Thirty-two years later, the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place is expected to draw a thousand active transportation advocates to Long Beach, California. The expanded conference title reflects the dramatic transformation of bicycling advocacy into today’s active transportation movement, as more and more people have begun to realize the importance of thinking of streets as places that tie communities together.

 

Recently, PPS’s Gary Toth and Brendan Crain had the opportunity to chat with Dan Burden, Andy Clarke, and Charlie Gandy, three advocates who have played very active roles in this transformation, to look back over the past three decades and reflect on lessons learned thus far...

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