CSS: Fitting into the Physical Setting

CSS can mean different things and can solve a variety of problems in different physical settings. Explore this section to address CSS and land uses at both a "macro" and "micro" scale.

CSS & "Micro" Land Uses
  CSS involves paying close attention to the "micro" scale of a street or road and how it affects specific places in communities: a commercial street, a residential neighborhood, an industrial district. The land uses that flank a street or road have a great deal to do with they way motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists actually use it.
CSS & "Macro" Land Use: Urban, Suburban, Rural
  This section provides information about urban, suburban, and rural contexts as they relate to the theory and practice of CSS. To simplify access to information, this site has developed its own definition of urban, suburban, and rural, recognizing that the boundaries and distinction between types of land use patterns is often blurred. Explore links to CSS issues and case studies as they relate to types of overall settlement patterns.
Article Icon Article / Paper / Report How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part I: Transit Stops and Stations
This booklet explores how people in communities concerned about livability are working in partnership with transportation agencies on locally-initiated projects and programs to create transportation systems that enhance places.
--  Project for Public Spaces
Article Icon When Main Street is a State Highway
This handbook is a comprehensive outline for a groundbreaking project development process and uses a team approach to present a means of organizing, developing and working cooperatively with SHA on highway improvements that reflect community goals.
-- State Highway Administration: Maryland Department of Transportation
Article Icon Article / Paper / Report Improving Small City Highways: New Techniques for Improving Safety and Livability Through Technology Transfer
Highways provide needed access to destinations in small cities in addition to allowing through travel to other places. Many small city highways are very wide and traffic speeds excessively high. Extensive paved areas, narrow sidewalks, and little greenery has resulted in a dangerous, unpleasant environment for residents and visitors. Increasing traffic volumes and resulting highway reconstruction often make problems worse. City residents recognize these problems and would like to see design solutions that improve the safety and livability of their communities.
-- Greg Pates, Landscape Architect, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Article Icon Article / Paper / Report Promoting Sustainable Transportation Through Site Design: An ITE Proposed Recommended Practice
This report recommends site design practices that can be applied through the land development process to promote the use of more sustainable modes of passenger transportation, such as walking, cycling and transit.
-- Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers

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