Context-Sensitive Solutions is a relatively new mandate from the Federal Highway Administration and state DOTs around the country to design streets and roads that fit their physical setting, and respond to the desires and needs of the community (see the complete definition). CSS, in short, involves the two keys to Placemaking: conducting an inclusive planning process and creating a good place. PPS has helped communities and state DOTs create Places with their streets and roads for decades. In recent years, we have even been hired by state DOTs to train their staff in Context-Sensitive Solutions.

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Shifting gears in transportation planning
Fundamental changes in the way transportation is planned


“Context sensitive”: qualities and characteristics

How to recognize context sensitivity in a transportation project


Benefits of place-oriented transportation

“A good city street neighborhood achieves a marvel of balance between its people’s determination to have essential privacy and their simultaneous wishes for differing degrees of contact, enjoyment, or help from the people around.” — Jane Jacobs


How professionals and communities can implement CSS

“Streets and roads can knit communities together and enhance the character and identity of the place where they pass.” — PPS


Legal Framework for CSS

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