PAS QuickNotes (QN)
PAS QuickNotes is a series of briefing papers that provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens.
QN offers a timely, concise overview of a single planning topic as well as additional information and resources available through the Planning Advisory Service.
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Business Improvement Districts
Business improvement districts (BIDs) promote and support commercial centers and contribute to community prosperity. This edition of PAS QuickNotes discusses the structure of BIDs, services they provide, and how to evaluate their performance. It also highlights some successful BIDs across the U.S.
Promoting Access to Free, Potable Water in Public Places
Access to free, potable water helps address obesity, decreases health care costs, increases personal savings, and reduces waste. The installation of drinking water fountains in public places can also activate the public realm, facilitate social interactions, and encourage physical activity. This edition of PAS QuickNotes discusses the importance of greater access to drinking water and provides recommendations on how to undertake a successful initiative in your community.
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- Techniques for Successful Public Engagement
- Historic Preservation or Historic District Planning
- Neighborhood Planning
- Health Impact Assessments and Planning
- Understanding MPOs
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