COMPLETING STREETS FOR BETTER COMMUNITIES
Locations across the USA are available. Request a session for your local area using our COURSE REQUEST.
Credits: 1 PDH – HSW | Instructor: Determined by location.
In-class PowerPoint presentation teaches why the street is an important part of our social and transportation structures. Discuss how “complete” streets design can improve quality of life. The presentation defines the “street” and “complete street”. It is important to understand how and why the street evolved over time; therefore, a historical comparison of differing sides in relation to design and usages of the “street” are included. Goals and objectives of the Federal Transportation Bill are explained to fully understand the forces directing design of the “street”. Street design has multiple impacts on environmental and human health. We will outline four specific circumstances where the “street” can have environmental and human health impacts: urban areas with low poverty, urban areas with high poverty, rural areas with low poverty, and rural areas with high poverty. Complete streets can have a profound impact on both the environment and our human health. In discussion of the impacts seen on these communities, we will evaluate whether a complete street may improve the quality of life over traditional street design. Methods are offered that landscape architects can employ to design and implement complete streets and to improve older, more traditionally designed streets. Lastly, we will walk through the Vision Zero plan and discuss the pros/cons and implications of the Vision Zero goals. It will conclude with some time for Q&A.
Develop an understanding of the “Street” as Public Realm and how it has changed over the last century | Understand the goals of transportation engineering and the recent changes to federal highway design policy | Understand our present public health and ecological crises and how Complete Streets can impact it | Discussion of four major geographic demographics impacted by having or not having Complete Streets | Develop an understanding of local and national “Complete Streets Policies” | How Streets can become “More Complete” through landscape architecture