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Case Studies

Complete Streets Best Policy and Implementation Practices
Guide, Case Study
American Planning Association

Descriptions and examples from the implementation of Complete Streets policies.

Streets & Transportation
Toolkit, Case Study
Project for Public Spaces

Streets designed only to move cars can work so much harder.

Best Complete Streets Policies of 2018
Case Study
Smart Growth America

Assessment of the top 10 Complete Streets policies, using Smart Growth's improved framework that elevates equity and implementation.

What is Transformative Placemaking?
Guide, Case Study, Report
Brookings

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking documents and develops new approaches to creating economic districts within cities, towns, and regions that meet the evolving place needs of people and businesses.

Smarth Growth Resource Library
Guide, Toolkit, Report, Case Study
Smart Growth America

Resources available from Smart Growth America with newsletter sign-up.

Project Database
Case Study
Congress for New Urbanism

Library of previous CNU projects, from regional-scale visions to single-building historic renovations.

Rural Placemaking: Making the Use of Creativity in Rural Communities
Case Study
Housing Assistance Council

Highlights creative placemaking initiatives across rural America including economic development in the Mississippi Delta, housing developer collaboration with arts groups and artists, and a tribal development project.

Wynnefield, PA Retail Development Strategy
Case Study
Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation

Strategies used to support businesses in Wynnefield’s primary commercial districts, as part the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation development initiatives.

Urban Land Case Studies
Case Study
Urban Land Institute

Examples from the ULI, an international network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use developers, providing leadership and education about responsible land use, including housing and urban planning.

Great Public Spaces
Case Study, Report
Project for Public Spaces

Examples from around the world.

Wilkinsburg Downtown Preservation
Case Study
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Story of how the PHLF engaged with Wilkinsburg in their preservation activities.

Innovation Districts
Case Study, Report
Brookings

Innovation districts facilitate the creation and commercialization of new ideas, and leverage their distinct attributes.

Rural Design Resources
Guide, Toolkit, Report, Case Study
Citizen's Institute on Rural Design

A resource library curated by CIRD.