• Avant-Urbanism

    • This project ranks the best cities and towns in the world, based on how they design and adapt their streets.

    The streets are public: cities that are welcoming from their sidewalks / 

    If one goes out to the street and is received by an friendly and courteous atmosphere, then we can experience a sense identification, and even a sense of commitment, with the environment. This has immediate repercussions in the city, since it enables its inhabitants to appropriate their environment. The streets represent the first point of contact with others, with the public. It is here that the messages that are sent directly or indirectly to society converge in two clear channels: inclusion or exclusion.

    What would happen if the streets of marginalized neighborhoods were inclusive spaces despite the state of the housing, or, if large avenues offered equal conditions for all the pedestrians? Streets are the mirror of social inequality. Adapting them with quality services, despite the socioeconomic class of certain areas, is a definite tool of social insertion.

    The National Complete Streets  Coalition is a project that studies the inclusion conditions of cities, from the streets. It ranks and promotes a greater equality in the development of transit alternatives within cities. The initiative hopes to reach a state of equality for transit policies, so that pedestrians, cyclists, drivers or public transport users all enjoy equal conditions that allow them to move efficiently.

    Their latest index explores the cities that boast the best inclusive mobility schemes, it reveals that several towns in the United States are at the forefront of the movement and they set the example for bigger cities, in this sense at least. The purpose of the National Complete Streets  Coalition is that the plans of local governments prioritize equal mobility as an indispensable aspect of their public policy goals.

    The highest ranking towns and cities according to their report:

    1. Littleton, MA

    2. Peru, IN

    3. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    4. Auburn, ME (tie)

    4. Lewiston, ME (tie)

    6. Baltimore County, MD

    7. Portsmouth, NH

    8. Muscatine, IA  9. Piqua, OH

    10. Oakland, CA

    11. Hayward, CA (tie)

    11. Livermore, CA (tie)

    11. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (tie)

    14. Cedar Falls, IA (tie)

    14. Waterloo, IA (tie)

    Tagged: urbanism, cities, well-being