21st Century Street Design

APA National Conference

Originally Presented
May 6, 2017
New York City

Rated a top 10 presentation out of over 160 at the 2017 APA conference in New York City.


As they did for centuries before the advent of motor vehicles, many of our streets are returning to functioning as memorable multimodal corridors and better places for social and economic exchange. But this return doesn’t mean our approach to street design should revert to a century-old approach. How we plan, design, and engage with people in street design needs to evolve, and we are seeing that happen today.

Learn how to create environments that safely (and comfortably!) allow for all the various modes and activities that happen in our streets today. This session will highlight two of the most important changes — embracing interdisciplinary collaboration and creating meaningful engagement opportunities for community members and stakeholders. Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to creating smart street design solutions as memorable streets are often born of collaboration among planners, designers, and stakeholders. You will also explore inclusive engagement strategies that are available in multiple analog and digital formats and provide meaningful feedback in the project process.

Speakers will call upon their years of experience in transportation planning and design, highlighting the importance of creating the right team structure, tailoring engagement strategies, navigating the regulatory process, using appropriate temporary installations to lead to long-term change, and working through challenging conversations with community members and agency leadership.

Packed room to learn about 21st century #street #design at #NPC17. What will change as the world moves forward???”
— Adam Goldberg / @PoliticalAtom
→ Hello.
Slide 1: Fortunately history is full of precedents.
Slide 6: Presentation agenda.
Slide 20: Parkways were intended to be multi-modal and scenic.
Slide 26: In many places that intent has been lost.
Slide 27: Streets arose organically to support people and activity.
Slide 34: In an effort to maximize efficiency the vitality has been lost.
Slide 43: We need to relearn the art of street design.
Slide 44: Four principles can help us along the way.
Slide 45: They are intuitive but will take effort to institutionalize.
Slide 71: When we get it right we will have realized path as place.
Slide 61: Three street design case studies.
Slide 83: US DOT everyplace counts.
Slide 94: Snelling Avenue.
Slide 109: Capital City Bikeway.
Slide 138: The audience used Mentimeter to choose the final topic.
Slide 139: They chose #3 but all four are in the deck.