August 2013 update >>
Announcing the Rural Livability Resource
In our towns and villages, quality of life is critical to the well-being of residents and to the vitality of the economy.
That’s why ContextSensitiveSolutions.org has added a new resource illustrating how CSS builds strong rural communities. The new Rural Livability Resource organizes case studies, policies, and reports into nine strategies that rural citizens and transportation professionals can implement:
Visit the entire Rural Livability Resource here.
NYTimes Highlights Hamburg Success
The New York Times (August 16, 2013) ran a feature article on Hamburg, NY’s efforts to preserve the town’s Main Street.The implementation of a context sensitive design, featuring roundabouts, transformed Hamburg’s Main Street into pedestrian friendly destination and preserved the city’s unique storefronts, and improved the community’s overall economic vitality. As evidence of their success, Hamburg’s Main Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn more about the project, its process, and success on the CSS site here.
And read the New York Times story here.
“Adopting CSS: The Florida Greenbook”
Webinar Recording Now Available
This webinar explores Florida’s experience integrating design flexibility and context sensitivity from planning through final design. In May of 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation revised their Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways, commonly referred to as the Florida Greenbook. Chapter 19: Traditional Neighborhood Development adopts a context sensitive approach to transportation and land use as standard practice, focusing on network functionality and design standards that support communities.
FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway discusses Chapter 19 and explains how CSS is essential to diverse projects from maintenance to major construction, in settings both urban and rural. Florida’s experience provides clear direction for other states striving towards safety and livability outcomes in a 21st Century transportation system.
Watch the entire webinar and download slides here.
San Juan County Scenic Road Manual
Washington State’s, San Juan County Scenic Road Manual shows us that context, aesthetics, and following engineering requirements may be mutually beneficial. As such, the manual strives to implement rural road guidelines that not only take in user safety, and mobility, but also are successfully integrated with surrounding natural landscape.
Read the entire manual here.
Featured Case Study
CSS Preserves Park and Solves Congestion on Long Island Expy
New York’s Long Island Expressway (LIE) is heavily traveled and often congested. Traffic caused cars to spill onto local streets creating safety problems for pedestrians and motorists. Further complicating the matter was Alley Pond Park, considered an environmental treasure by the community, and located within the LIE corridor that required adjustment. To preserve its natural features, New York State Department of Transportation in collaboration with Vollmer Associates used context-sensitive design that not only addressed traffic concerns but was also integral to protecting and enhancing the natural feature of Alley Pond Park.
You can find more information about this exciting project here.
Watch the Olympia, WA Webcast
The workshop in Olympia included an up-to-date overview of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) plus presentations on exemplary CSS projects, plans and programs from the surrounding regions. The case studies were drawn from submissions from across the country, and were selected as examples of effective application of CSS principles to projects, plans, and programs.
Additionally, the National Dialogue held a Shaping the Conversation Webcast that explored where we are in the conversation about CSS and how the conversation can be shaped to move CSS forward.
Watch the video and view the slides from the Olympia Workshop/Webcast here.
Watch the video and view the slides from the Shaping the Conversation Webcast here.
New Case Studies
Unity, Maine: Preserving Farmland Through Strengthening Community Character
Edgartown, Massachusetts: Promoting Walkable, Attractive Development on Upper Main Street
Cutler-Orosi, California: Community-Based Transportation Planning
Burlington, Iowa: Revitalizing a Struggling Small Downtown
Western Piedmont Region, North Carolina: Managing Highway Corridors and Guiding Development
Hayden, Colorado: Community Visioning Using 3D Scenario Planning Tools
Lincoln City, Oregon: Taft Village Redevelopment Plan
Moss Point, Mississippi: Rebuilding A Rural Community After Disaster
The Northwest Vermont Planning Project: Changing Land Use to Effect Rural Highway Improvements
Virginia Creeper Trail: Leveraging Transportation Improvement for Revitalization
Sedona, Arizona: Serving Visitors and Preserving the Region’s Natural Beauty
Hutchinson, Minnesota: Implementing a Transportation Plan to Accommodate Regional Growth
Cleveland, OH: Pop Up Rockwell
Normal, Illinois: Uptown Circle
Bainbridge Island, WA: Winslow Way Street Planning and Design
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