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Creating Livable Communities

Federal Highway Administration
October 2011

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Small town street with strong pedestrian amenities such as crosswalks, landscaped medians and on-street parking. Traditional neighborhood design with single family housing oriented towards the street, located on small lots with front porches and wide sidewalks and on street parking. Multimodal highway corridor with heavy rail transit located in the median, four-lanes of through traffic, and a parallel off-road multiuse trail.


This booklet is based on research conducted by ICF International with support from Renaissance Planning Group. The primary authors of this document are Harrison Rue and Kathleen Rooney of ICF; and Katharine Ange, Whit Blanton, and Dan Hardy of Renaissance Planning Group. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) project management team and reviewers provided significant and invaluable discussion, review, and input.


This report was funded in part through a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program. This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the USDOT in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document and does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

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