By Stephanie Livingston, PLA, EI
The National Association of City Transportation Official (NACTO)’s Global Street Design Guide, published in 2016, is a useful resource that shows how streets around the world are transitioning to become quality spaces for all. In a sense, streets are outdoor rooms with the ground being the floor, building edges being the walls, and a canopy of trees or other overhead elements being the ceiling. As such, they form a dynamic backdrop for public life and can be a catalyst for transformation.
Property experts will tell you the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. And while the condition and price of a property often changes over time, the location remains the same. Recognizing the vital role that a downtown location plays in the life of a community, the City of Johnson City sought to create desirability and demand for a few strategic, downtown parcels by alleviating flooding that had plagued the area for decades.
By Kim Chaney-Bay
As part of our ongoing STEM education outreach efforts, LDA Engineering was pleased to participate as a booth exhibitor at this year’s “Institute for CTE Educators” conference sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education / Career and Technical Education. The conference, held at the Music City Center in Nashville, was attended by over 1,400 career and technical education (CTE) teachers and directors across Tennessee.
By Wade Knapper
Funding capital improvement projects is often a top priority for utility districts and municipalities. Especially if the system is experiencing growth. Large districts benefit from municipal bond ratings, providing access to bond markets with a relatively low cost of borrowing. However, many smaller utility districts may find the process of obtaining a bond rating to be cost-prohibitive. Additionally, the prospect of increasing utility rates at a pace fast enough to fund large capital projects demands multiple levels of stakeholder buy-in that require large amounts of time and resources. So, what other alternatives are available to fund those necessary capital projects?
By Jim Albert
Managing a landfill is a complicated process that requires a large amount of preparation, planning, and adhering to government regulations such as meeting airspace requirements and assuring that the landfill is being built as designed. A well-planned landfill works in conjunction with its surroundings, assuring that the leachate that is produced from the decomposing trash does not enter streams and aquifers.
By Stefanie Farrell
Fire department employees around the nation are very cognizant of what “ISO ratings” can mean to a community. As they know, these ratings come from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and classify a community’s ability to suppress fires through a grade or “rating” of 1 to 10.
By Stefanie Farrell
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a disability, which can include difficulties with hearing, vision, cognitive ability, mobility, self-care, and independent living. As of the 2010 Census, 15% of Tennessee’s population was living with some kind disability.
By Riley McMillan
Future City is a program for middle school students that encourages and fosters application of math, science, writing, teamwork skills, and critical thinking, to real-world issues. Each year Future City publishes a universal problem facing cities today, and asks Future City participants to solve it in the best way possible.
In the pursuit of economic development, companies and individuals alike choosing to live, work, and play in areas with better quality of place over those with tax breaks and subsidies. So, what key resource can promote this type of live, work, and play environment? The answer is surprisingly simple—streets. Streets that promote economic development are accessible, safe, and diverse.