Downtown Planning Resources

A downtown is like an organism. It has many elements that may be concealed by the whole. Applying pressure to one aspect of a downtown can have positive or negative impacts to the rest of the system. The consequences of past actions, intended and unintended, have created the downtown we have today. We must understand how the many aspects of a functioning downtown are interrelated if we are to consider making changes.



Pendleton Downtown Workshop Final Report 07.08.2009

Community Assessment Findings and Suggestions (Destination Development, October 1996). This document is too large to load as a single file, sorry.

Pendleton Downtown Resource Team Report (Oregon Downtown Development Association, 2006)

3 Keys To Creating Great "Good Places" The liveliest public spaces share a few core ingredients. (Fast Company)

Accessible Rights-of-Way: A Design Guide

Active Living by Design  Our vision is healthy communities, where routine physical activity and healthy eating are accessible, easy and affordable to everyone.

Box Stores in the City  How exactly does this relate to a small town downtown? Consider it in the context of businesses adapting to changing market conditions and customer needs.

Context Sensitive  Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in providing a transportation facility that fits its setting. It is an approach that leads to preserving and enhancing scenic, aesthetic, historic, community, and environmental resources, while improving or maintaining safety, mobility, and infrastructure conditions.

Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change  Take all references to climate change out and this handbook is still a valuable reference for creating more vibrant and more livable communities.

Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access  Best Practices Design Guide (FHWA). A guidebook to provide planners, designers, and transportation engineers with a better understanding of how sidewalks and trails should be developed to promote pedestrian access for all users, including people with disabilities.

Destination Development  Every community has the potential to become a vibrant, healthy, economically thriving locale, but there are more ghost towns in the making today than ever before. Competition is fierce as 3.9 million cities, towns, villages and hamlets worldwide search for ways to diversify their economies and become more vibrant and livable. And the strategies that worked yesterday simply don’t work today.

Donald Shoup  Donald Shoup has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale and has studied parking extensively. His findings may surprise you.

Parking Management: A Powerful Tool to Meet Community Goals DLCD publication highlighting the costs of mismanaged parking, benefits of improving parking management, and how to reform parking policies.

Downtown Revitalization  A compilation of many different resources to guide revitalization of rural downtowns. (USDA Rural Information Center)

E2  e2 is a critically acclaimed PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.

Estacada Downtown and Riverside Area Plan  Adopted June 27, 2011.

Great  What makes a great street? Examples from Oregon and beyond.

Insights into a Lively Downtown  YouTube video (Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

John Day Wins Downtown Grant  State panel OKs $800,000 to start the process.

Main Street - When a Highway Runs Through It  A Handbook for Oregon Communities, developed by the TGM Program.

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide  Provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.

National Complete Streets Coalition

National Trust for Historic Preservation  Helping people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them.

Oregon Main Street Program  Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character and heritage.

Parking Management Made Easy  A guide to taming the downtown parking beast. (TGM, 2001)

Parking Solutions  A Comprehensive Menu of Solutions to Parking Problems.

Project for Public Spaces  Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities  (Federal Highway Administration)

Rethinking the Street Space: Why Street Design Matters  Streets aren't just for driving, and cities are starting to realize it.

Rethinking the Street Space: Evolving Life in the Streets

Rethinking the Street Space: Toolkits and Street Design Manuals

Checklists to Rethink the Streetspace

Road Diets  Making Streets Slim Down Is Good For Pedestrians, Businesses And Even Traffic.

Safe Routes to School  

Scenic America  Change is inevitable. Ugliness is not.

The Sidewalk Design Vehicle  The "design vehicles" of a sidewalk or path should include people using walkers, wheelchairs and other assistance devices.

Smart Growth Online
Street Design Basics  Designing Streets for People. (TGM)

Streetswiki  StreetsWiki is a community-created, online encyclopedia for transportation, urban environmental, and public space issues. It's a place for ordinary people, planners, and academics to write and read about our cities and how we can make them more livable. A good place to start is under "complete streets."

Traffic Calming Measures  Federal Highway Administration guide to traffic calming. Traffic calming is self-enforcing. The design of the roadway results in the desired effect, without relying on compliance with traffic control devices such as signals, signs, and without enforcement.

Transportation and Growth Mgmt "Issues" links  Covers issues including Active Transportation, Bicycling, Connectivity, Design Issues, Form-Based Codes, Infill and Redevelopment, Land Use and Transportation, Parking, Pedestrian Friendliness, Public Health and Transportation, Traffic Calming, Transportation Costs of Housing, and Transportation Demand Management.

Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization  This paper lays out the fundamentals of a downtown turnaround plan and the unique "private/public" partnership required to succeed. Beginning with visioning and strategic planning to the reemergence of an office market at the end stages, these 12 steps form a template for returning "walkable urbanism" downtown. (The Brookings Institution)

Walking expert prescribes ‘road diets,’ traffic circles for cities seeking street makeovers  (Washington Post June 20, 2011)

Top 10 Myths of Downtown Planning

20 Ingredients of an Outstanding Destination

13 Short-Range Livability Projects - Placemaking solutions that can be implemented quickly, for not too much money (AARP)

Downtown Yakima

A Manual for Small Downtowns

Pedestrian and Bicycle Treatments

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

Downtown Sidewalk Cafe Design Guidelines

Pedestrian Safety Workshop 01-- A Focus on Older Adults

Street Design Basics

University Course:  Mid-Block Crossings