An Introduction from Fred Kent
This newsletter highlights examples and qualities of great streets around the world and raises the bar substantially on the challenge to change transportation as we know it. We can have great streets in every neighborhood, downtown, city and region…if we want them. PPS can help you realize this transformative movement in your own communities through our “Streets as Places” and “Thinking beyond the Station” initiatives.
Through these efforts, PPS can help communities envision how they can reclaim their streets as places; provide technical assistance to communities who want to redesign their transit facilities as destinations and community anchors; offer training, facilitation and design guidance to transportation professionals and agencies to help them achieve community economic, social and quality of life outcomes; and partner with a city’s local advocates and foundations to build a broader campaign around community-based transportation planning.
We are looking for local visionary leaders and zealous nuts to help us change the conventional transportation and community planning paradigm. The team we have put together, led by Gary Toth formerly of New Jersey Department of Transportation, is mobilized and ready to go. We also need your nominations to our Great Public Spaces database, as well as our Hall of Shame. In subsequent newsletter issues, we will continue to share the extensive resources we have compiled. If we make it our goal to wake up every day and commit to improving to the public spaces in our communities, we can fundamentally transform the places in which we live.