Mayors' Institute on City Design


11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan

“A key goal of the Bridge Park is to serve as an anchor for equitable and inclusive economic growth. The Bridge Park’s design strategies will increase connectivity between those living on both sides of the Anacostia River, but more must be done to ensure that residents and small businesses nearby will continually benefit from the success of this signature new civic space. To achieve this goal, the Bridge Park staff worked with community stakeholders to create an Equitable Development Plan in 2015, that was updated 2018… The goal of the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan is to ensure that the park is a driver of inclusive development—development that provides opportunities for all residents regardless of income and demography. By following a community-driven-vetted process, it is our hope that other cities can look to the Bridge Park as a prime example of how the public and private sectors can invest in and create world-class public space in an equitable manner.”

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Community First Toolkit

“This toolkit is designed to help park organizations address inequities caused by infrastructural racism, and shape public spaces that bring social, environmental, and economic benefits to our communities. Community engagement is the foundation of all the tools, and together, they offer a flexible process for ensuring that public spaces and open space projects benefit the residents and businesses they serve and avoid displacing them.”

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Design Competition Resource Guide

“The Design Competition Resource Guide provides an introduction to the primary steps involved in organizing and executing a design competition. Intended as a guide for municipalities and private organizations that are considering a competition as a method to secure designs for a potential project, this resource also highlights some basic risks and benefits inherent in the competition format.”

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Shared Micromobility Playbook

Scooters, dockless bikes, and other “micromobility” devices are rapidly growing in popularity while cities race to keep up with the changing mobility environment. The Shared Micromobility Playbook from Transportation for America offers specific policy ideas for harnessing these new transportation options while addressing safety, equity, and operational challenges. “Cities will need to create adaptive, yet consistent, processes that … Continued

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Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties

“Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Case Studies from Four Cities” makes the case for tackling the problem of vacancy through an artistic and community-centered lens. This report from the Center for Community Progress examines the success of projects in Kalamazoo, MI; Wilkinsburg, PA; Newburgh, NY; and Macon, GA.  “Incorporating the arts into place-based community development … Continued

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