Join APA in Chicago and Washington for our free after-work lecture series, Tuesdays at APA.
Hear practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas or present their latest projects. The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers. If you can't join us in person, check out the podcast. Podcasts of most programs are posted on the event archive page approximately one week after the live event.
Parking Management Strategies to Support Livable Communities
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. CT
As one of the largest single land uses in our municipal "footprints," parking deserves more attention than is typically bestowed upon it. Besides encouraging auto use, having an excessive supply of parking influences the character, form, function and flow of our communities. It makes walking and bicycling unpleasant and unsafe, it adds to flooding and pollution problems, and it makes housing more expensive. At the same time, parking is necessary to support a community's local businesses; finding the right balance between supply and demand — as an economist would — is the next step.
In the Chicago area, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has been working with several communities through its LocalTechnical Assistance program to understand the unique parking challenges and identify potential solutions. In this program Lindsay Bayley, from CMAP, will discuss parking management strategies and present the findings from two very different projects: downtown suburban Hinsdale, Illinois, and the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park/Bucktown.
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Rethinking Federal Transportation Policy or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love General Fund Revenues
April 8, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. ET
The federal transportation program, which provides 40 percent of capital funding for highways and mass transit in the U.S., lacks direction, purpose, and financial stability. Since 2008 it has limped along without any clear direction or purpose, while at the same time starving for cash. The net effect is that as a nation we tend to make poor investment decisions in transportation relative to potential national goals such as economic growth, environmental improvements, mobility, or safety.
We are underinvesting in operational improvements, system preservation, metropolitan regions and freight, and spending too much on capital, new facilities, new areas for development, and perceived local needs. Join speaker Joshua L. Schank to explore how we can hope to change this. Even a non-existent policy, like the one we have now, represents a policy direction. We must seize that direction, codify it, and make it into something worthwhile and effective.
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