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Are Your Streets Complete?

Complete Streets example

When I started out as a newbie to the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), I continually heard the term “Complete Streets.”  After I began to research the term and inquire about it, I was intrigued with what I learned.  Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to enable… Read more »

Regional Leadership in Tampa Bay

Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group meeting

Regional leadership is a must in Tampa Bay for a whole host of issues, including transportation, economic development and resilience in the face of climate change. The Tampa Bay Times recently lamented a lack of leadership, and PPC/MPO Chairman Jim Kennedy prepared a response that highlighted the important, if not sexy, groundwork being laid to enable the region to… Read more »

Celebrating Community Planning Month

Sun Coast APA Florida Safety Harbor Walking Tour

During Wednesday’s PPC/MPO Board meeting, the Board recognized October as Community Planning Month. The American Planning Association (APA) designated October as National Community Planning Month to highlight the role of planners and planning in communities. This year’s theme is the role planning plays in creating healthy communities. Throughout the United States and its territories, communities… Read more »

The Misunderstood Millennial… And our Impact on Planning for our Future

cellphones

I am a millennial.  One of the 73 million born roughly between 1982 and 2001 that makes up a quarter of the population in the U.S. and the largest generation of its workforce.  We are creative, multi-tasking, tech-savvy souls who love our social media. We also like living in walkable urban environments with a sense of place. When… Read more »

Defining and Celebrating Our Great Places

Dunedin Causeway sunrise over St. Joseph Sound.

One of the things I enjoy most is finding a place that I can claim as my own. There’s an old Jimmy Buffett tune, “I Have Found me a Home,” which captures the comfortable ease of becoming part of an accessible, inviting community like Jimmy found in Key West and I’ve found in Dunedin, Winter… Read more »

Improving Accessibility, Livability and Economic Opportunity in the Pinellas Gateway

Oh, baseball and the Gateway! The Atlanta Braves’ spring training facility proposed for the Pinellas Gateway area’s former landfill site, known as Toytown, made for good headlines and social media commentary this past week. The Gateway is the first place people reach when they cross into Pinellas County from Tampa on the Howard Frankland Bridge,… Read more »