Citylab: Street trees improve the wait experience of transit users

Street trees are one of those low hanging fruit investments that can make all the difference over time, but too often are neglected. Trees don’t have the political appeal of a mega project ribbon cutting, but in terms of building great cities, I’d argue their return on investment is greater without the potential downside of megaprojects.

As if we needed more reasons to prioritize street trees, Eric Jaffe of Citylab posted this article about how trees make waiting for the bus feel shorter and help mitigate for unpleasant conditions such as traffic and air pollution. From the article:

Planting trees around stops offers local authorities an opportunity to significantly improve users’ wait time perception, but falls outside the purview of transit providers themselves. The ability of the presence of trees to compensate for the negative effects of pollution and traffic suggests that planting trees or moving a problematic stop to take advantage of existing tree cover can significantly improve the user experience at reasonable costs.

Because many bus stops in Palm Beach County tend to be located in places with wider rights of way and generous swales (at least compared to downtown WPB), bus stops seem like an ideal place to engage in street tree plantings in order to bolster the appeal of transit. Something for cities and the county to work together on as the Palm Tran Service Board moves forward on building a better bus system.

 

h/t Joe Roskowski

Street balcony talk and boogie woogie with the Screaming Js, this Thursday at 6 pm!

COME JOIN US! Walkable West Palm Beach will be hosting Lejobart – on THURSDAY FEB 19th to talk about our Street Balcony at Le Rendez-vous – West Palm Beach from 6pm to 7pm. There will be Happy Hour from 4:30-7pm. Then stay and boogie with the Screaming Js from 7:30 onward and make sure to check out the Reverse Happy Hour from 9-10:30pm. An intellectual exchange, accompanied by good food and drinks, followed by fun music in a trendy Parisian restaurant…what a great night we will have in Downtown West Palm Beach. le Rendez vous is located on 221 Datura #105, WPB.

See you all there. There is a $10 suggested donation to cover the Screaming Js.

We’ve created the event on Facebook as well as Meetup.com, so please feel free to invite your friends and share the links below.

First Bank of the Palm Beaches near completion on Quadrille and Dixie

First Bank of the Palm Beaches near completion on Quadrille and Dixie

First Bank of the Palm Beaches is building a new bank building at the corner of Quadrille and Dixie. The building is on track to be the first new construction delivery downtown since the housing bust.

Walkable West Palm Beach will feature an interview with President and CEO Jay Shearouse later this month.

PS – Notice the traffic lane closed on the south side of Quadrille Boulevard. Just a construction closing, but imagine if this were a row of parallel parking and the benefits for walkability and viability of the adjacent businesses.

“The Art of Street Design” talk with Victor Dover, coming to Palm Beach Dramaworks!

FORMER NATIONAL CNU CHAIR SPEAKS ON THE ART OF STREET DESIGN IN WEST PALM BEACH

 Victor Dover, former national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), will appear at an evening lecture held at the Palm Beach Dramaworks in Downtown West Palm Beach May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dover is the principal and cofounder of town planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners and has 25 years of experience implementing plans for livable, walkable and sustainable communities. His innovative work has been featured on CNN, NPRHGTV, as well as in BusinessWeek, and USA Today and recently coauthored the highly anticipated book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns with John Massengale.

During his lecture, “The Art of Street Design,” Dover will discuss how to appeal to a new generation of creative, demanding citizens with the revolutionary makeover that promotes a more walkable, sustainable design that can reinvigorate inner cities and retrofit suburbia to meet the needs of their residents. He will discuss his practices that focus on the creation of real neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities and reveal his secrets on what works in designing beautiful, charming places where people want to be.

Following his presentation, there will be a meet and greet with Dover as well as a book signing. For more information about Dover, please visit www.doverkohl.com.

For more information about Downtown West Palm Beach, contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit www.wpbgo.com or www.westpalmbeachdda.com.

Let’s pack the house for this excellent showcase and speaker. He’ll be laying the groundwork leading up to Jeff Specks’ report, released on the 27th of this month. PLEASE SHARE !

[Information courtesy of the O’Donnell Agency]