San Anto Cultural Arts “La Paleta” Alamo Region Livability Summit Local Plans: The Decade of Downtown Ben Brewer Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Urban Sprawl Our City’s commitment to the Urban Core Strategic Framework Plan for the Center City Centro Partnership’s Work
The Cost of Urban Sprawl • Job Sprawl- A Symptom of urban sprawl and car-dependent communities • Rapid Decentralization- between 2000 and 2010: Kneebone, E. (2013). Job Sprawl Stalls: The Great Recession and Metropolitan Employment Location. Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, 1, 1-23.
Why does it matter? • This is not sustainable. • In regards to livability, the decentralized location of employment and people is linked to higher costs to cities in the areas of: • Transportation • Infrastructure • Energy Consumption Kneebone, E. (2009). Job Sprawl Revisted: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment. Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, 1, 1-23.
Implications for Planning in Downtown San Antonio • Comprehensive development plans that link jobs, housing, and transportation to encourage denser forms of development are criticalto creating accessibility and connection and allowing for more sustainable and inclusive growth. Kneebone, E. (2013). Job Sprawl Stalls: The Great Recession and Metropolitan Employment Location. Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, 1, 1-23.
Key Recommendations Continued: Create a welcoming and comfortable public realm that includes: • Sidewalks that are safe, clean, and well designed • Complete streets that accommodate pedestrians, vehicles, transit, and bicycles • Clear street hierarchy that is attractive and accessible for vehicles, pedestrians, and supports development • Open spaces that are activated and programmed • High standard of maintenance
Action Plan: Prioritize near-term capital investment needs to catalyze growth in primary growth areas.
Centro Partnership’s efforts:The Northwest Quadrant and the Medical District
San Antonio Adaptive Trikes Thank you.