Akron is reconnecting people, not online, but in our trails, parks and community centers.
|You see it in the news every day. Nearly every trend line shows that the U.S. is in the grips of increased polarization, segregation, social isolation and economic inequality. Health, happiness and trust in free fall. There is an urgent need to reverse these trends.
Akron is starting by reconnecting people, not online, but in place through our trails, parks and community centers. A cross-sector collaboration of more than a dozen organizations and hundreds of community members, Akron Civic Commons is recommitting to our civic assets with the intention to deliver outcomes that matter. Through investments in three neighborhoods and the Towpath Trail that connects them, it is knitting together isolated communities through collaborative re-imagining of public places. Temporary and permanent design features and programming is reestablishing a 100-acre lake as a place of civic pride and play, bridging diverse neighborhoods and fostering economic development and public life in Akron’s downtown.
posted Nov 4, 2021
The Milwaukee Method focuses on culturally-sensitive neighborhood development based on the interests of independent and institutional stakeholders. The method acknowledges that cultural workers such as artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs are critical to influencing neighborhood development.
posted Nov 13, 2020
American Trails contributor Josh Adams recently interviewed Lawrence Simonson, who serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of the PedNet Coalition, to talk pedestrian safety, projects and obstacles, and making a difference in Missouri.
posted Jul 23, 2020
American communities today are at a crossroads. For the past 70 years, the automobile has been the dominant mode of transportation and has received the lion’s share of federal and state transportation investment. Engineers have prioritized maximum car throughput and free-flowing speed or level of service as markers of transportation efficiency and success. Now, communities across America are looking for ways to strike a better balance so that residents might have more transportation choices and a higher quality of life. Multimodal transportation systems that prioritize human-centered mobility are in high demand.
posted Jul 17, 2020
by Amy Camp, Principal, Cycle Forward