Placemaking Conference: Livable Communities

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Placemaking Conference: Livable Communities

  1. 1. Livability/Health and the role ofPlace and Active Transportation
  2. 2. Where do we go from here?
  3. 3. Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
  4. 4. Is this the landscape we want to leaveour children?
  5. 5. Spartanburg,SCAlbany,California
  6. 6. How did we get here? How can we get here?Cedar Falls, IowaDel Mar, California
  7. 7. Transportationhas always builtour cities.Always.And … it willcontinue todo so.
  8. 8. “Automobiles are often conveniently tagged as the villainsresponsible for the ills of cities and the disappointments and futilitiesof city planning. But the destructive effects of automobiles are muchless a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building.The simple needs of automobiles are more easilyunderstood and satisfied than the complex needs of cities,and a growing number of planners and designers havecome to believe that if they can only solve the problems oftraffic, they will thereby have solved the major problemsof cities.Cities have much more intricate economic and social concerns thanautomobile traffic. How can you know what to try with traffic untilyou know how the city itself works, and what else it needs to do withits streets? You cant.”Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities , 1961“How can you know what to try with traffic until ….”
  9. 9. The Advent ofSuburbia
  10. 10. 2001 NationalGeographicMagazine Article onSprawlPhoto by: NewsdayLevittownNew YorkLas Vegas, Nevada
  11. 11. Beacon Hill, BostonBeacon Hill, Boston1550 feet from THE CHEERS BAR, 6 otherbars, 8 deli’s, 4 banks, 3 hardware stores, 2florists, 18 restaurants, 5 churches, grocer,pharmacist, medical and dozens more.America’s First DevelopmentAmerica’s First Development
  12. 12. … It is where mostAmerican children growup. It is where mosteconomic activity takesplace. Indeed, I will makethe argument that thisprocess of destruction, andthe realm that is spawned,largely became oureconomy.…..James Howard KunstlerGeography of Nowhere, 1981If we were to place blame on oureconomic meltdown on one source,who would we blame?
  13. 13. Below scene: Costs 1/5thto 1/10thto maintain as above
  14. 14. Well Designed DensityChildhood needs1. To develop fully children need abroad range to roam4. Our most important neuralpathways are developed beforethe age of nine.3. Einstein roamed the streets ofMunich at the age of four,exploring on his own2. U.S. children today have arange one/ninth of their parents
  15. 15. Depressive Disorders19 million Americanadults• Leading cause ofdisability in the USA• Treatment:• Medication• Social Contact,including therapy• And…..
  16. 16. ProvideServicesDowntownsshould provideessentialservicesPostalResidentialCommercialPublic SpaceRestroomsFerndaleCalifornia
  17. 17. Brattleboro, Vermont
  18. 18. Hot Springs, Arkansas
  19. 19. Hot Springs, Arkansas
  20. 20. Cleveland, Ohio.Monterey, California
  21. 21. Monterey, California
  22. 22. Marine Drive, Dundarave, B.C.Highway 93, Missoula, MontanaUSACanada
  23. 23. Marine Drive, Dundarave, B.C.
  24. 24. You Know When You Have Left ClaremontClaremont, California
  25. 25. Bridgeport Way, University Place, WashingtonBridgeport Way, University Place, Washington
  26. 26. Bridgeport Way, University Place, Washington
  27. 27. Bridgeport Way, University Place, Washington
  28. 28. LaJolla Boulevard, Birdrock, San Diego, CA
  29. 29. LaJolla Boulevard, Birdrock, San Diego, CA
  30. 30. LaJolla Boulevard, Birdrock, San Diego, CA
  31. 31. LaJolla Boulevard, Birdrock, San Diego, CA
  32. 32. LaJolla Boulevard, Birdrock, San Diego, CA
  33. 33. PROCESS
  34. 34. Sammamish, Washington228thAvenueThe Sammamish public worksdirector was told it would take 10years to go from concept toconcrete.Bulldozers were moving dirt onthis unfunded project in 300 days.Effective public participation can leadto shortened times to construction
  35. 35. For further information contact:Dan Burden, Executive Director, Walkable and Livable CommunitiesInstitute, www.walklive.org

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