Public Space Priorities

In our series on how to measure and interpret the sustainability and livability of our communities, we continue today on the theme of public space priorities. We know that walkability is important and that creating a better pedestrian environment improves the economy and vitality of our communities. Making choices for better walkability also goes hand […]

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Parking Space Or People Space?

As we continue our research into what makes a community healthy, sustainable, and livable, we can use maps and geographic data to reveal new underlying trends and identify areas where our communities need improvement. We are using our home base of Madison, Wisconsin, as our test case, but the types of analysis we are doing […]

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Paved Roadways or People Space?

An important element of livable communities is how much space we devote to different modes of transportation. It is no secret that most American cities strongly favor cars. This picture shows how much space in downtown Detroit is devoted to space for storing cars. Parking garages and lots aside, many streets have been engineered to […]

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Green Downtown Report: Sustainability in Dense Urban Environments

The Green Downtown Report explores Downtown Madison’s sustainability successes and challenges and highlights potential initiatives that could capitalize on the connections, networks, and creativity inherent in dense urban areas to produce meaningful, sustainable change. Read the full report

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Walkability in Madison, from eye level

What is Walk Appeal? One of the most crucial components of any healthy community is how walkable it is. Walkable communities are fitter, safer, and more socially cohesive, to say nothing of the benefits to businesses when customers can easily come on foot and by bicycle. Often, we measure the walkability of a block, a […]

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Infill redevelopment in Downtown Madison

Check out this very cool rendering by Matt Covert of all the infill redevelopment in Downtown Madison that is under construction or that has been approved by city planning (with the exception of Judge Doyle Square, which has had multiple proposals but no action by the city). At the end of 2012, 14 major infill […]

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