RTP Exercise – What’s Working? – Compact Development

So we now begin the 2nd phase of our RTP exercise, by assessing what we’re already doing that helps advance us to our desired outcomes.

My set of desired outcomes follows below. I’ve credited the original author and linked to the comment where it shows up in the prior phase.

The ground rules for this step are that you can’t criticize the outcome described (instead, feel free to contribute to the implementation questions about a different outcome set since we will have three). The trick here is to figure out how we move toward the stated outcomes.

“Compact Development” scenario outcomes (it was hard to keep it to 12!):

  1. A seven-year-old on a bike should be able to safely and comfortably travel from his/her home to an elementary school, a park and a grocery store. (Chris)
  2. When moving about from place to place, citizens have the opportunity to make eye contact and communicate with each other in normal speaking voices. (Clay)
  3. 90% of households and 100% of businesses with employees in Metro area are a 10 minute walk from frequent, reliable, useful public transportation. (djk)
  4. Most qualified graduates from local colleges and universities will be able to find sustainable employment in their field within 6 months of graduation, and are able to live within walking, biking, or a 15 minutes or less single-seat transit ride of their employment. (Garlynn, Chris)
  5. Increasingly efficient use of existing roadway capacity through expanded transportation options will allow the region to continue to shift public resources away from transportation and toward education in order to “grow” and attact talent essential to a 21st century economcy based on adding value and innovation as opposed to the movement of cheap commodities. (Lenny)
  6. Outside of peak commute times, freight flows freely past areas of SOV congestion through tools like queue-jump lanes, differential pricing or truck-only lanes. (Chris)
  7. Run-off from transportation facilities is eliminated (that is, fully absorbed) through “green street” techniques. (djk)
  8. Air pollution from transportation facilities is at or below the absorbtion capacity of vegetation in the Metro area. (djk)
  9. 90% of Oregon children regularly travel self-powered to and from school safely without parental assistance. (mykle)
  10. The quarter of the region’s residents who cannot drive have a substantially similar quality of transportation choices as those who can. (Evan)
  11. Traffic deaths are no longer the leading cause of death among ages 1-34 years old. (Evan)
  12. Roads and other infrastructure receive the regular maintenance that will prolong their life in the most cost-effective manner. (Ross)

Again, the question for this phase: What is working well to achieve the outcomes?

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