Outstanding walkability/livability presentation by DC planning staff
As you can see from the Walk Score map above, Washington, DC is a city blessed with highly walkable neighborhoods. And it’s going to get even better: When he took office in 2007, DC mayor Adrian Fenty hit a home run by appointing national smart growth icon (and great friend to many of us) Harriet Tregoning to be director of the city’s planning office. Harriet in turn assembled a great staff and has been doing terrific work ever since.
This brief presentation (only 18 slides, but everyone contains well-illustrated points of substance) shows some of that work, including plans for several walkable city neighborhoods. It is one of the best of its kind that I’ve seen. The last half illustrates how the ever-fascinating Walk Score tool can be used to guide planning goals. (All images in this post are from the presentation, courtesy of DC Office of Planning.) Enjoy:
Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment. For more posts, see his blog's home page.
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Senior counsel for environmental strategies, PlaceMakers LLC; senior adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (2014); one of the "top urban thinkers" on Planetizen.com and named one of "the most influential people ...