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Navigating Main Streets as Places

A People-First Transportation Toolkit

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Prioritizing People

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit provides guid­ance to Main Street leaders, community advocates, local officials, transportation professionals, and everyone else in between on how to: 1) Evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking, 2) Balance the needs of mobility and other street activities, and 3) Build stronger relationships with other decision-makers and the community.

Navigating Main Streets as Places
was produced in partnership by Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America.

How to Use

This one-stop-shop toolkit features guidance and best practices for rural downtowns and urban neighborhood commercial districts through three platforms: a downloadable handbook, a multi-part webinar series, and this online resource library, which includes a variety of new tools and links to transportation- and streets-focused resources, best practices, and research from across the country.

The handbook, webinar series, and online resource library are organized around three chapters to make it easy to connect the dots across the platforms: Chapter 1: Transportation Matters for Main Streets, Chapter 2: Nuts and Bolts of People-First Streets, and Chapter 3: Building a Better Street Together.

You can download the handbook, access the webinars, and navigate through the online resource library by clicking on the buttons to the right. Please note: Due to significant interest in the webinar series, registration has been limited to 500, but the series will be recorded and available below as the webinars are broadcast.

Webinar Recordings

Webinar 1: This Introductory webinar explores how the toolkit came to be, how the toolkit content is relevant to today’s Main Street communities, and provides an overview of what is to come in the three following webinars. This provides viewers a base of information for the following three webinars and how they can be involved throughout the process. In addition to viewing the webinar, we encourage you to complete this brief assignment.

VIEW WEBINAR 1


Webinar 2: The second webinar of the Navigating Main Streets as Places series explains why transportation and streets matter for commercial districts by examining their potential costs and benefits across key areas: equity, safety, health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and community.

VIEW WEBINAR 2


Webinar 3:
Our third “masterclass” installment focuses on the nuts and bolts of various elements that directly impact the quality of Main Street transportation networks in the areas of streetscape and pedestrian design, vehicular traffic, and parking. We offer recommendations for infrastructure, programming strategies, and policy solutions. Along with a robust community process, these recommendations can be adapted and used to inspire your projects, to share as examples with fellow stakeholders, and to create the foundation for streets.

VIEW WEBINAR 3


The final webinar will take place on November 19th at 1:00pm Central. The recording will be published after the live presentation.

Toolkit Themes

Navigating Main Streets as Places explores why transportation and streets matter for commercial districts by examining their potential costs and benefits across six key areas: equity, safety, health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and community. Learn more by clicking on the tiles below.
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This publication was made possible through the generous support of the
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation


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