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Earlier this week, the National Complete Streets Coalition marked the adoption of the 500th Complete Streets policy with an event celebrating the communities that have committed to building safer, more accessible streets for all users.  The event will focus on Memphis, TN adoption of the 500th Complete Streets policy.  Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr., through executive order, directed that new road facilities and major renovations accommodate all users and all means of travel.  The city committed to building 15 miles of new protected bike lanes and will prepare a Street Design Guide to help create an environment that leads to safe streets for everyone, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. 


The effort in Memphis was driven by stakeholders in the Broad Avenue area in east Memphis.  Broad Avenue was originally the commercial corridor for nearby railcar manufacturing facilities but had fallen into neglect by the 1990s.  A coalition of groups joined together to highlight the need to revitalize the neighborhood.  The project also is a keystone of the planned Overton-Broad Connector, a two-way protected cycle track that is part of the city’s work with the Green Lane Project. The Connector provides the final on-street link between a popular, new rail-to-trail path and Overton Park.   To learn more about the efforts in Memphis please visit: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/08/08/memphis-adopts-the-500th-complete-streets-policy-in-the-u-s/


The National Complete Streets Coalition is a program of the of Smart Growth America.



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The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) launched an online livability portal to help regional planners, city managers, public works departments, and elected officials implement their community livability vision.  The new online resource is the result of a two year partnership with the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), along with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and APWA. 

Livability is the combined environmental, social and economic quality of a community or region. Livability is offering opportunities for communities of all sizes and make-ups to become better places to live, work and raise families. It is about fostering governmental partnerships that provide communities choices for comprehensive planning, investments and development that are cost effective and efficient, reduce congestion, generate good-paying jobs, meet environmental and energy goals, provide affordable housing, protect rural areas and green space, revitalize Main Streets and urban centers, and promote safety. Livability’s definitions, goals, strategies and outcomes are flexible and locally derived through community stakeholder and citizen input, providing the ability for any given community to grow and change based on local characteristics, history, needs and wants. Actions and progress are usually defined by community indicators, local government activities and community involvement and improvement.

The resources and tools included in the online portal will help APWA members build stronger and more livable communities.  The online portal includes a guidebook, Creating Livable Communities: An Implementation Guidebook, case studies from across the country, tools and talking points for promoting community livability and links to partner resources.  Check out the resources and tools on the Online Livability Portal today!