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10 cities awarded grants for equitable recovery by repurposing streets

The selected cities will receive $50,000 to work with local community partners to transform streets into community assets that aid in the Covid-19 pandemic recovery.

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Grants are is a continuation of Nacto’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery initiative
Grants are is a continuation of Nacto’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery initiative

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (Nacto), in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, has named the winners of streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery grants.

 

The 10 selected cities will receive $50,000 to work with local community partners to transform streets into community assets that aid in pandemic recovery.

 

Quick-build design strategies

 

The grant programme is a continuation of Nacto’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery initiative which documented the quick-build design strategies – from bike- and bus lanes, to slow streets, and outdoor dining – implemented by cities around the world.

 

“This round of grant projects leans into the deep knowledge of community members – and the technical know-how of city staff – to deliver targeted improvements to neighbourhood streets,” said Corinne Kisner, executive director of Nacto.

 

“Whether slowing down neighbourhood traffic or speeding up economic recovery for local businesses, we can’t wait to see what ingenuity and impact the next round of city-community organisation partnerships have.”

 

Awardees and community partners will receive funding, technical assistance, and access to a peer network of cities and consultants to help with project scoping, planning, and execution over six months.

“This round of grant projects leans into the deep knowledge of community members – and the technical know-how of city staff – to deliver targeted improvements to neighbourhood streets”

The selected projects for 2021 Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery Grants include:

  • Baltimore, Maryland: creating safer access to parks for people walking and biking by calming traffic and adding art to the street
  • Denver, Colorado: building “Jazz Alley”, repurposing a street in Denver’s Five Point community to provide outdoor space for local immigrant-owned businesses
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: providing support for historically marginalised and under-represented communities to participate in the city’s new asphalt art programme
  • Los Angeles, California: creating safer drop-off/pick-up zones for students walking and biking to school in two communities deeply impacted by the pandemic
  • Madison, Wisconsin: removing barriers for local street vendors to operate in city parks
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: developing an engagement and implementation plan for traffic calming projects that centre the Native American community along 18th Avenue in Minneapolis
  • Portland, Oregon: transforming a parking lot in East Portland into a summer food market
  • San Francisco, California: enhancing an existing project along Turk Street in the Tenderloin to provide programming and resources for unhoused residents and improve pedestrian safety and walking space
  • Seattle, Washington: extending and programming an open street in the Lake City neighbourhood to increase space for outdoor recreation and address community concerns about lack of safety
  • Washington DC: revitalising the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, which has been a critical gathering place for unhoused community members disproportionately at-risk during the pandemic.

Nacto is an association of 89 major US cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues.

 

The organisation’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

 

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