the news cycle and the states of city streets

Increasingly, everyday seems like “a day of the street”.

Today, as part of a feature series on recent mayoral “state of the city” speeches, Planner’s Web highlights Minneapolis, where in his address last month Mayor R.T. Rybak stressed that city’s “Great Streets” program, a coordinated funding assistance effort to ensure success of businesses located adjacent to commercial corridors and nodes.

Coincidentally, in Seattle, a broad campaign (citing, inter alia, Minneapolis) launched, with the goal of offsetting comprehensive funding shortfalls for Seattle street reinvention:

We believe that walking, bicycling and transit should be the easiest means of transportation in Seattle. But our current situation is that we face cuts in Metro service hours and we’re not funding the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans that are needed for our future.

Our coalition has identified a number of potential funding sources – to the tune of $30 million dollars – for walking, biking and transit infrastructure. And we look forward to working with the Seattle City Council, Mayor McGinn and our partners to create dedicated funding mechanisms for multi-modal transportation initiatives in Seattle.

We also look forward to engaging the entire city of Seattle in a conversation about how we fund and build the pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure that aligns with our vision; this year, and into the future.

Here is an embedded link to the new coalition effort, which, at last review, garnered 267 Facebook fans in just over 24 hours:

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