Great streets are the backbone of successful communities. For more than three decades, PPS has been at the forefront of efforts to create streets that do more than just get people where they need to go, but also enhance and support the destinations they serve.
We work with communities to organize workshops, conferences, and other trainings to help you achieve your goals for great, livable streets and neighborhoods. Trainings typically range from one to three days, and include presentations by PPS experts, street audits or other diagnostic tools, community engagement sessions, and action planning for change.
Our pioneering community engagement approaches and exercises—including web-based tools—have been used by hundreds of government agencies and organizations. We work with you to design a meaningful process, which could include interviews with key stakeholders, community visioning workshops, digital engagement, and working sessions across diverse government agencies.
Our focus on placemaking ensures that streets are more than just a streetscape design, but also vibrant places with lots of activities, and where people want to spend time. This is especially important for encouraging walking and bicycling. We help communities transform streets through conceptual plans, renderings that reveal what’s possible, programming ideas to activate the street, and good management strategies. Our expertise includes rightsizing streets and road diets, safe routes to schools, plazas, and streets designed to foster active transportation.
Transportation networks should help get people where they need to go, whether that’s by walking, bicycling, driving, or public transportation. Our approach starts with helping communities identify key destinations and places that need to be connected, and then developing multi-modal plans to facilitate those connections. We can help a community create street typologies by defining and then specifying how to achieve a vision and modal priorities for streets.
Our innovative Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) projects focus on low-cost, low-risk strategies to remake public places and streets. The changes could include new amenities, such as portable landscaping and public art, new configurations of the street using paint and bollards, and programming for events and activities. Our approach involves working to generate LQC ideas from the public and stakeholders, developing a conceptual plan, and then helping you implement the changes.
Transit stops are great opportunities for placemaking. Whether it’s a bus transfer or a light rail station, they can serve as community centers that bring people together. Well-designed and located transit stations can help boost ridership, increase retail sales at local shops, and add value to a community. We work with transit agencies and others to help run public engagement processes, develop conceptual plans to foster vibrant and people-focused stations, and to implement programming that activates transit stops.