EEP ECO18.12 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Street Infrastructure, A Walking Tour of Downtown El Paso

APA Texas Chapter


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MDT

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Course Description:  

Our public spaces can tell us so much about ourselves and our community - where we feel comfortable walking, spending time, or perhaps even would want to live.  Building on Jane Jacobs concept of 'feet on the street' and how it can inform our views on livability, and community, we will explore downtown El Paso and it's streets and public spaces to consider how welcome they may make us feel.  By the end of the tour, participants will understand not only WHAT makes for welcoming streets for people, and WHY 'feet on the street' are important in sustaining (and revitalizing) neighborhoods, but also HOW even small scale people friendly policy and design changes can make our public places more economically successful, provide more equitable transportation choices, and determine where people will want to spend their time and money


Course Learning Objectives

1.     To evaluate the various elements and amenities within our built environment that serve to welcome (or perhaps discourage) people from spending time in our public spaces

2.     To study how our transportation choices have shaped the ways in which we view our streets, mobility and public spaces, and conversely

3.     How the built environment influences our personal lifestyle and transportation choices, and impacts our health and well being,

4.     To understand how inclusive land use and transportation policies can increase opportunity, spur growth, and foster more resilient development,

5.     To consider how even small scale changes can go a long ways toward making our streets safer, more welcoming, walkable, and economically vibrant by putting more feet on the street.


Scott White

Presenter: Scott White, Velo Paso Scott is the Policy Director at Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition. The mission of Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition is to make active transportation accessible for everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach. Velo Paso works toward a binational region where active mobility ... Read More

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