2018 National Planning Conference

Pedestrian Placemaking for All

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198124

Location: 2001

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  • Get applicable examples of bringing bring pedestrian improvements to underserved areas.
  • Understand how regulatory controls can help fund and implement pedestrian realm improvements.
  • Understand how temporary demonstration projects can offer a path to rapid implementation of long-term improvements.


Delve into the creative steps that municipalities have taken to make better places through public realm improvements. These measures make places safer, more comfortable and interesting, and generally more attractive to pedestrians. The methods covered include rapid implementation of priority improvements, demonstration projects, effective community outreach, and creative funding mechanisms for implementation and maintenance.

Using examples from San Francisco; New York City; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Nyack, New York; speakers involved in the management of these projects illustrate how specific improvements were conceptualized and implemented in a variety of place types. The examples cover a land-use and zoning update that included a detailed public realm plan for implementation by private sponsors; a plaza equity program to bring improvements to underserved parts of the city; a pedestrian enhancement plan that utilized creative public engagement to identify priority locations and rapidly implement improvements; and a multi-jurisdictional suburban bicycle and pedestrian plan that made strategic network and safety improvements while fostering as sense of place in the downtown.

Learn about specific improvements, including physical interventions such as curb extensions, parklets, and public plazas, as well as regulatory, programmatic, and policy changes that support these improvements.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 LU|HSW (AIA).
This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH|HSW (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Barkha R. Patel
City of Jersey City
Jersey City, NJ

Emily Weidenhof
New York City Department of Transportation
New York, NY

Ryan Walsh, AICP
Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
New York, NY

Lily Langlois
San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA

Christopher Henry, AICP
Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
New York, NY