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Chapter 10: Summary

Multimodal infrastructure improvements implemented in concert with downtown revitalization efforts in Kirkland, Washington included pedestrian amenities such as crosswalks, landscaped medians and pedestrian crossing signage; along with street front retail aligning the main street roadway.

Multimodal infrastructure improvements implemented in concert with downtown revitalization efforts in Kirkland, Washington.

The existing transportation decisionmaking process can support livable community outcomes; and many highly successful projects have been developed under a conventional process. At the same time, new approaches and tools are available to bring a broader range of issues into the process, while better integrating transportation plans with related housing, environmental, and economic development processes. This integration can actually save time and money – for both agencies and the public – while producing more cost-effective outcomes. It can leverage place-based policies and investments to advance more livable community outcomes. It requires developing performance based planning approaches that can clearly demonstrate progress on key livability indicators and defining success through measurement of outcomes. While based on conventional approaches, incorporating livability principles requires a broader set of goals, while bringing multiple partners into the development of transportation plans and projects that may not have been involved before. Some of the ways to accomplish this include:

Updated: 01/03/2014
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