NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Newark is the largest city in the New Jersey. The City experienced decades of population decline triggered by rebellions in the late 1960’s. However, in the last half of the 20th century, Newark started to see an increase in population, and is projected to gain an additional 68,000 residents by 2040. Planners will showcase some of Newark’s most recent development initiatives.
How can we best balance access, use and conservation of parks and natural areas? Come explore a new experiential and needs-based park system planning model focused on the recreation experience, developed in Portland, Oregon.
Take a walking tour of the World Trade Center's impressive outdoor built environment. The tour will focus on the contribution of this new public space to New York’s urban fabric as well as the planning and design elements that make it such a successful and inclusive addition to the city's outdoor environment.
Explore the processes and tools employed in the first stage of the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy, and discuss how these innovative landscape-scale “green infrastructure” planning techniques can be applied to other regions.
As renewed interest in waterfronts spurs new residential and commercial growth, how do the waterfront parks, walkways, bikeways, and plazas get created? Explore how cities are using zoning and creating new partnerships to plan and finance new waterfront public spaces to reconnect their communities with the water’s edge.
The poster is a presentation of a research on the potential that the planning and design of public spaces today have to link urban development, adaptation, and resilience, and how to maximize this potential and provide innovative and comprehensive solutions to the new challenges our cities are confronting in terms of growth, health, economics, environment, and resilience.
San Francisco’s pioneering innovation in good governance, open space creation and testing has recently launched upon a new epoch of equity with ‘Places for People,’ a sweeping legislative package that lowers process and financial barriers for grassroots public space initiatives.
In 2014, NYC Parks launched the Community Parks Initiative, a $285 million program to redesign and reconstruct some of the city’s most under-resourced parks. Learn how the agency connected local stakeholders, leveraged city resources, and reinvigorated park spaces in the poorest, densest, and fastest-growing communities in the city.
As public funding for urban parks decreases, cities are turning to other models of support. This facilitated discussion will show how three cities experiencing downtown growth partner with BIDs to sustain parks and enhance the vitality of public spaces.
Take a 35-mile ride on a popular rail-trail and learn about bicycle tourism, increasing non-motorized mobility through bike-on-transit programs, and leveraging other grant programs to bring success to trailway projects. The ride ends at the regionally acclaimed Captain Lawrence Brewery for some beer tasting. (Transportation will be provided back to NYC.)
Parks have the power to reinvigorate urban spaces. Explore several high-profile parks planning projects and gain insight into how they helped cities creatively foster resilience, equity, connectivity, and economic development.
Across two decades of planning, design and implementation, the Downtown Columbus Riverfront has been completely transformed. A 2016 APA National Planning Excellence award-winner, improvements include five new riverfront parks, a restored river ecosystem, and the creation of new urban districts.