Streetscape Design at a Crossroads: Evaluating Recent Innovation in the District of Columbia in a Global Best Practice Context
Brandes, Uwe S.
This research contributes to the study of streets as a fundamental element of public space in Washington DC and offers policy recommendations to reimagine the way streets connect residents to opportunities, while providing benefits for health equity, social interaction, local economic development, the environment, and sustainable forms of mobility. The research gathered primary and secondary sources of information to analyses how the city’s Vision Zero has been effective in informing the planning and design outcomes of three selected street transformation projects and compares them to three case studies of global best practices. The analysis provides a comparison of factors related to a multifunctional street paradigm shift. The policy recommendations of this research identify potential areas of improvement to inform the ongoing planning and design processes for upcoming Washington DC’s street interventions. In this paper, I argue that Washington DC’s Vision Zero and public health initiatives have a potential to influence a faster and bolder multifunctional street paradigm shift if they are properly accounted for and eventually mainstreamed in a citywide transformational strategy.
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