Strong Towns: The Big Urban Mistake: Building for Tourism vs. Livability

The Big Urban Mistake: Building for Tourism vs. Livability

Schenectady’s pedestrian-only Jay Street is filled with small business owners that cater to both the downtown residents and visiting shoppers.  A casino just opened less than a mile away.  What impact will it have on an already thriving downtown?

This is a remarkably accurate description of Asbury Park on a smaller scale. We’re not building casinos but we are heavily investing in waterfront development. Will it pay off in the long term? For the moment AP is the biggest economic driver in Monmouth County. We want the city to continue to develop while nurturing the people and businesses who invested first and continue to do so.
Please take note City leaders:

“Choose to invest in your residents and local business owners—the people that invested first. Tourism, development and financial success will likely follow. Empower your people, honor the risk they took by taking one yourself, and like happy employees of a strong company, they will take care of everything else.”

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/5/24/the-big-urban-mistake-building-for-tourism-vs-livability

GREAT NEWS!

Great news! Thanks to AP Mayor and City Council for making this decision, and to Mike Manzella, our Transportation Manager for your support and guidance. Looking forward to a future of safe, equitable, business-friendly streets in Asbury Park!

Main Street Road Diet Is Back

Michael Lewyn: The Criminalization of Walking

PlaceMakers - Planting the Seeds of Community

“…we’ve progressed to a moment in time where walking is seen almost as a novelty or action of last resort and where our accommodation of and reliance on automobiles has resulted in a regulatory environment in which the act of walking is increasingly stigmatized and disincentivized, thus making the assertion that few people walk an increasingly self-fulfilling prophesy.”

Walk

http://www.placemakers.com/2017/05/16/the-irrational-criminalization-of-walking/

 

Recent news!

ROAD PAVING PROJECT BEGINS IN ASBURY PARK’S SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
City-wide paving project will be accomplished without tax increase or bonding
4th Ave, Sunset Ave, and Main Street which will be repaved in the fall per the last line of this paving project press release. http://www.cityofasburypark.com/egov/doc…

 

Go to the Join the Movement tab on the Home page and support APCSC to learn more about how you can support our efforts, and how to advocate for street safety on the pending pavement projects.

Our Transportation Manager has already had many successes, among them the bike corral on Cookman; bollards (NJ State Law “Yield to Pedestrians” signs); and the city received the NJDOT technical assistance grant to create a bike/pedestrian safety plan.

Talking about Back-In Angled Parking

 

Continuing the conversation about Back-In Angled Parking

Many jurisdictions, particularly those working to safely accommodate bicycle travel have begun to utilize another form of angled parking: “back-in” angled parking, also known as “head-out” angled parking or “reverse” angle parking. Evidence is mounting that back-in angled parking has some significant advantages, not just for bicycle traffic, but for automobile traffic as well.
NJDOT requested a summary of the efficacy of back-in angled parking, to have available as communities consider this as an alternative to traditional front-in angled parking. This memorandum explores the pros and cons of back-in angled parking and documents the findings of studies regarding back-in angled parking.

APCSC RBA Back in angled parking summary 2

NYPD Back-in angled parking

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Politico: Making a Healthier City

How your suburb can make you thinner

Inside the new movement to engineer healthier lives for Americans by rethinking the places they live.

Lede-Suburbs-ByDougChayka.jpghttp://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/05/10/community-redesign-walking-biking-000435

 

Bicycling Magazine: Streets of the Future

Infrastructure and tech innovations that could make cycling (and cities) safer for all of us

http://www.bicycling.com/enough-streets-of-the-future

“Lightweight, flexible, and connected is the mode of the future. Here’s what we hope to see on more of tomorrow’s streets.

Autonomous vehicles and mass transit are part of that, but so are bikes, which could be “the glue between modes,” says futurist Greg Lindsay, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.”