Today we introduce the first installment in our Vision Zero blog series, with a helpful Vision Zero 101 infographic and a compelling personal message of why we must Design for Our Lives…
Get your dose of M&Ms this week as Mariela and Michelle - our CEO and COO - take State of Place on a “sidewalk” show in Oslo and North Carolina. Tune in to watch Mariela pitch State of Place at the Katapult Accelerator Demo day OR register to see Michelle pitch to the Research Triangle economic development and sustainability community about how we use data to get SMART(er) (walkable, livable, and sustainable) places done!
Today’s post is by State of Place’s CTO Andy Likuski. Andy argues that trams are integral to high quality urban life, not a nice to have that can be value engineered into just straightening out a few bus lines. Trams are certainly placemakers, but also have a near magically ability to enhance public life for both travelers and people on the street, and most amazing they can integrate nature into city streets.
What do Oaks, Bulls, the Queen - and State of Place - have in common? North Carolina! Namely, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham, and our COO, Michelle Woodhouse, respectively. And we're conquering all three of these amazing cities. Find out how State of Place is poised to make the Silicon Valley of the South Smart(er) and more walkable starting later this May!
In light of yet another vehicle-ramming attack in Munster, Germany - and now Toronto, are pedestrian barriers really the best way to protect the public realm from future attacks - or is this strategy merely akin to playing a real life version of whack-a-mole? Can walkability be the "silver-bullet" we've been looking for in the fight not only to keep people safe, but to make people, the planet, and dare we say, profits happy?
Last week, in light of the most recent vehicle attack in Germany, we argued that we need to make fast strides toward walkability to well, save the world! So the question now is, how do we do that? While there's no secret, fool-proof recipe for creating walkable, livable places, there are five key factors you do need to consider - the "hierarchy of walking needs" - when putting together your redevelopment and planning strategies! Learn more about the Hierarchy of Walking Needs and get one step closer to saving the world! :)