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Improving Regional Connections for Thanksgiving Travel

The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend, driving to each other’s homes, or to the airport, to visit friends and family for the holiday. Living in St. Petersburg, I… Read more »

Can Bike Sharing Work in Pinellas County?

A recent Tampa Bay Times story described St. Petersburg’s pursuit of a bike share program intended to expand accessibility throughout the city’s commercial core. Could the rest of Pinellas County follow suit? Imagine if you didn’t have to drive to your next lunch meeting with clients, or drive downtown for coffee with your wife on… Read more »

The Important Lessons of SunRail

If we’re going to adapt our land use and transportation planning to a new reality, we’re going to need to rethink access in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. Our automobile-oriented culture is undergoing changes from demographics, market trends, technology and public preferences. Those changes favor seamless travel experiences that connect people to places where we… Read more »

Caution! Ghosts and Other Pedestrians Crossing

Floridians love this time of year.  Fall is in the air as the weather cools a bit, pumpkin spice lattes can be found in our coffee shops, outdoor dining is more popular, rain showers are less frequent, we take our kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, and we get an extra hour of sleep as daylight saving… Read more »

Are Your Streets Complete?

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

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

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 »