A Smart Investment
"Good transportation systems connect people to the jobs, education, and community supports that enable them to prosper and advance economically."
– Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
District leaders know restoring and supporting our districts’ economic vitality requires years of work and a deep understanding of the many factors that play a role in the overall success of the district. Since transportation design in commercial districts provides a crucial foundation to these efforts--affecting foot traffic, what businesses can and cannot do, flows of private and public investment, property values, and tourism--Main Street leaders should support the most efficient use of their transportation systems as part of achieving sustainable economic vitality.
The key is to create and support people-oriented streets that mitigate suboptimal development patterns and the need for expensive infrastructure, increase walkability, and encourage investment and entrepreneurship, all with the goal of a harmonious, safe, and cost-effective balance of people’s and vehicular needs.