Knowledge Center

Planning, Design and Infrastructure

The urban place manager emphasizes efforts on the built environment because of the significant impacts they have on the quality of life and one’s authentic experience of a place. Every place is different; therefore, place management strategies should respond to a myriad of place-based identifiers including, the place’s specific scale, status, culture, climate, community vision, goals, and mission, keeping at the forefront considerations of sustainability and resilience.

Through numerous approaches, such as land and real estate development, zoning and land-use, streetscape improvements, transit-oriented development, multi-modal connections, sustainable infrastructure, attainable housing initiatives and historic preservation among others, place managers enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders of a place.

Impact Downtown Albany

May 08, 2019 Award

Impact Downtown Albany is the strategic plan and proven solution inspiring reinvestment and catalyzing unprecedented economic growth in Albany, New York, the capital of New York. Vacant storefronts and prominent buildings disproportionately tarnished perception of downtown Albany as a place of value. Parking costs, combined with high taxes, put downtown at a disadvantage against alternative locations. Working to address these challenges, Impact Downtown Albany is a game-changing strategic plan

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Brockton Downtown Action Strategy

May 08, 2019 Award

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Downtown Columbus Riverfront

May 08, 2019 Award

The 1998 Riverfront Vision Plan in Columbus, Ohio, accomplished what other plans over the past 100 years have struggled to achieve — a connected, active, and healthy river system that is a community asset. This initial planning set the stage for numerous improvements and investments, including five new downtown riverfront parks, the removal of two low-head dams, a restored riverfront ecosystem, revitalized neighborhoods and new urban districts. It instilled a planning ethos in the minds

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NoMa Parks Initiative

May 08, 2019 Award

The NoMa Parks Initiative will deliver parks and great public spaces in a vibrant, growing neighborhood. The Initiative is the brainchild of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) and is being executed by its related entity, the NoMa Parks Foundation (NPF). Through a partnership with the District of Columbia Government, the NPF has a $50 million capital grant, structured over six years, to execute the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan. This Plan was developed with significant stakeholder and

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Finding Solutions to Parking & Access Challenges in Commercial Districts

May 01, 2019 Presentation

Parking and access challenges rank as top concerns for BID stakeholders. Many districts lack parking, and also the ability to manage the inventory they do have. Plus, parking requirements can hamper development and leasing. This session will explore strategies to improve the parking experience by engaging with public and private entities. Learn about parking requirements and how different communities are amending them.

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NIMBYs, Elites & Socialists, Oh My!: How Downtown Organizations are Navigating New Political Turbulence

May 01, 2019 Presentation

In many cities and downtowns our newfound success is leading to high housing costs, spiraling labor rates and the rapid gentrification of neighborhoods. Without interventions to promote affordable housing, stabilize neighborhoods, workforce training, public education and other social equity measures, many cities are at risk of losing what makes them authentic, and arguably the DNA for their economic vitality. Downtown organizations have a role in this debate and can help shape local policies.

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Increase the Use of Bicycles in Urban Places

May 01, 2019 Webinar

The bicycle will play an increasingly important role as cities strive to provide multi-modal options for their ever-growing populations of urban dwellers. This webinar highlights the benefits of increased cycling and its selling points as a transportation alternative to single occupancy vehicles.

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Holding Back the Tides of Time: How We Deal With Changing Retail Mixes

April 15, 2019 Presentation

There is an ever-widening array of policy tools that cities in California and beyond have already implemented or are considering in an effort to regulate retail mixes and slow tenant displacement in rapidly-gentrifying or already-gentrified business districts. With some of these, enough time has even elapsed that we can now start to analyze outcomes.

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Leveraging Development to Invest in Infrastructure

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Cities aim for a thriving and vibrant downtown – one that attracts residents, companies, workers, tourists, and visitors alike. But what happens when that growth is on a fast track and infrastructure planning has a multi-decade-long runway? In this panel we’ll learn about California’s Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District legislation, how and when to use it, and what it can do to transform a district.

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The High Cost of Parking Requirements

April 15, 2019 Presentation

Donald Shoup, Research Professor at the Department of Urban Planning, University of California, LA, lays out the reasons why cities around the US and abroad are freeing themselves from minimum parking requirements in their urban places. Benefits include; promoting the creation of downtown apartments, meeting the needs of small businesses, prevent auto-oriented townhouses, increase walkability, and more!

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