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Sustainability Arlington, Texas Creating communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency housing, wide sidewalks and walkable communities.(15 min neighborhood)

Sustainability Arlington - Working neighborhood by neighborhood, Sustainability Arlington seeks to create communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency/affordable housing, and improve walkability. Join the conversation online @ the Sustainiablity Arlington page

A focus of our work is to reintroduce trolley lines in the city of Arlington. Rail lines ope

Sustainability Arlington - Working neighborhood by neighborhood, Sustainability Arlington seeks to create communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency/affordable housing, and improve walkability. Join the conversation online @ the Sustainiablity Arlington page

A focus of our work is to reintroduce trolley lines in the city of Arlington. Rail lines ope

Operating as usual

The Wrong Way to Set Speed Limits [ST06]
12/22/2021
The Wrong Way to Set Speed Limits [ST06]

The Wrong Way to Set Speed Limits [ST06]

Speed limits are important to keep our roads and streets safe but how are they decided? And what happens when a speed limit is set too high or too low? There...

12/03/2021
What gifts can we give to each other that won't become clutter? Here are 99 ideas:
12/02/2021
99 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

What gifts can we give to each other that won't become clutter? Here are 99 ideas:

What then can we give that won't add to the clutter problem? Here are 99 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas:

12/02/2021

Haven’t yet bought copies of ‘Building the Cycling City’ or ‘Curbing Traffic’?

Until Friday at midnight, get 30% off both with Island Press’ #CyberMonday sale (and support a nonprofit publisher that manufactures domestically using sustainable materials).

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Walmart buildings are designed to last 15 to 20 years. Simply the city's commitment to maintain the necessary infrastruc...
11/22/2021
The Walmart Trophy

Walmart buildings are designed to last 15 to 20 years. Simply the city's commitment to maintain the necessary infrastructure—let alone the cost of policing and other needed services—extends generations beyond that. If cities did the math on these kind of developments, not another one would ever be built.

Walmart builds cheap buildings in order to sell Americans cheap stuff. This model is harming small towns across America.

11/22/2021

"Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings." - Jane Jacobs

Call For Artists! GRATITUDE The last 20 months have been a challenge for all of us in one way or another. Many to a grea...
11/10/2021
Create Arlington

Call For Artists! GRATITUDE The last 20 months have been a challenge for all of us in one way or another. Many to a greater degree than most. But, we have also seen positive developments in peoples' lives and in our community. That is why we have chosen to close out the year with art exemplifying GRATITUDE. We want local artist to create this show with all mediums, including poetry & short stories. Submissions need to be sent in by November 28, 2021. Please follow the link for all of the details.
https://www.createarlington.com/call-for-artist

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Why State DOTs Keep Making the Same Mistakes... and How to Break That Cycle
11/10/2021
Why State DOTs Keep Making the Same Mistakes... and How to Break That Cycle

Why State DOTs Keep Making the Same Mistakes... and How to Break That Cycle

State transportation departments are often maddeningly resistant to change, and can be the biggest obstacle facing safe-streets advocates. A new article series from Smart Growth America digs deep into what has to happen—and is happening—to reform these agencies from the inside.

There are probably a lot of other ways you'd rather spend time with your kids than stressed and crawling through a never...
11/04/2021
Car-Based School Commutes Hurt Families with Kids

There are probably a lot of other ways you'd rather spend time with your kids than stressed and crawling through a never-ending dropoff lane. So why don't we design cities that put families within walking distance of the places they need to go?

—via The Urbanist

To create more equitable outcomes, the needs of parents with school-age children must be better addressed in future transportation solutions. At 8am any given school day in King County, the cars sn…

"The public hates planners. Or at least that’s the impression one would get by attending a public meeting. Whether it’s ...
11/01/2021
The public hates planners but it doesn't have to be that way.

"The public hates planners. Or at least that’s the impression one would get by attending a public meeting. Whether it’s a proposed housing development on precious open space or a new shopping center on an already-congested highway, members of the American public consistently pack the town hall to express some degree of outrage and fear.

In a country built on private property rights, how did we arrive at a point where the public genuinely fears the power of a branch of local government? And what can planners do to improve municipalities while working towards a more civil public debate?"

Flexible regulations and a dose of humility could change this unproductive dynamic.

It’s time to make walkability a priority, not just a feel-good buzzword.
10/30/2021
Is Your City Pedestrian-Unfriendly?

It’s time to make walkability a priority, not just a feel-good buzzword.

It’s time to make walkability a priority, not just a feel-good buzzword. 

How much is a Target or a Walmart really worth to your community? When Strong Towns member Jake Krohn heard that his loc...
10/25/2021
How much is your local Target worth?

How much is a Target or a Walmart really worth to your community? When Strong Towns member Jake Krohn heard that his local Target in Fergus Falls, Minnesota was planning to leave town in a few months, he decided to find the answer to this question.

A Strong Towns member used tax data to figure out how much his local Target was actually contributing to his community.

The High Cost of Bad Sidewalks
10/25/2021
The High Cost of Bad Sidewalks

The High Cost of Bad Sidewalks

The critical role that good pedestrian infrastructure plays in city life has been exposed by the coronavirus lockdowns. Why can’t cities fix their sidewalk gap?

Paths of Greater Resistance
10/23/2021
Paths of Greater Resistance

Paths of Greater Resistance

Incremental development today is far from the path of least resistance. To do it, you'll need the ability to navigate dozens of regulatory barriers.

Stuck with Strip Malls
10/23/2021
Stuck with Strip Malls

Stuck with Strip Malls

Strip malls are not the result of the free market choosing a preferred development pattern; They're the result of government regulations.

10/15/2021

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Someone died, residents were angry, and they decided to shape the street to prioritize traffic. It wasn't providence. It...
10/07/2021
Traffic Deaths Aren't "Meant to Be"

Someone died, residents were angry, and they decided to shape the street to prioritize traffic. It wasn't providence. It was a choice. It's a choice we make over and over again in our places. It's time to make different choices.

Our broken transportation system wasn’t pre-ordained; it was built out of the choices we’ve made. And we need to start making better ones if we want to fix it.

If you missed the opening reception of Color Abstractions at Create Arlington, don't despair. The exhibit will be up thr...
09/22/2021

If you missed the opening reception of Color Abstractions at Create Arlington, don't despair. The exhibit will be up through November 21, 2021. 304 W Main 76010. We also have the images up on our website (92 images) Pieces #2 #7 #23 #69 #77 are sold. All art is for sale. To purchase any art, first download the catalog at the link below and then, contact us to make the purchase. We’re confident you will find something in your budget that appeals to your tastes. All gallery artwork has a price, but no one can estimate the value of owning and displaying great art in your home. [email protected] Text 682-248-8424
https://www.createarlington.com/colorabstractions

If you missed the opening reception of Color Abstractions at Create Arlington, don't despair. The exhibit will be up through November 21, 2021. 304 W Main 76010. We also have the images up on our website (92 images) Pieces #2 #7 #23 #69 #77 are sold. All art is for sale. To purchase any art, first download the catalog at the link below and then, contact us to make the purchase. We’re confident you will find something in your budget that appeals to your tastes. All gallery artwork has a price, but no one can estimate the value of owning and displaying great art in your home. [email protected] Text 682-248-8424
https://www.createarlington.com/colorabstractions

Is your community still fishing for that big economic development catch to build a big campus or store at the edge of to...
08/25/2021

Is your community still fishing for that big economic development catch to build a big campus or store at the edge of town? You might want to take a closer look at what you've already got.

Is your community still fishing for that big economic development catch to build a big campus or store at the edge of town? You might want to take a closer look at what you've already got.

08/23/2021
Psst: this is a great video to send anyone who's skeptical that narrower roads will really make their place stronger. —v...
08/21/2021
Heard of “road diets?” Here’s why fewer lanes can actually be faster—and safer.

Psst: this is a great video to send anyone who's skeptical that narrower roads will really make their place stronger.

—via Greater Greater Washington

Ford pumped out a lot of cars in the early 1900s, and by the '60s there were so many vehicles on US roads that traffic engineers decided to add more lanes. Unfortunately, they were a bit overzealous, and many roads were expanded even when there was really no need. That left the country with a lot of...

Exhibit opens on September 18, 2021 at the Create Arlington Gallery, 304 W. Main St. Arlington, Texas 76010 in Downtown ...
08/20/2021

Exhibit opens on September 18, 2021 at the Create Arlington Gallery, 304 W. Main St. Arlington, Texas 76010 in Downtown Arlington Texas Exhibit will run through Nov 21, 2021. Gallery is open M-F 10am-6pm.

Exhibit opens on September 18, 2021 at the Create Arlington Gallery, 304 W. Main St. Arlington, Texas 76010 in Downtown Arlington Texas Exhibit will run through Nov 21, 2021. Gallery is open M-F 10am-6pm.

Tomorrow is the Third Thursday Pop Up at @createarlington 6-9pm. Check out our resident member’s Art and buy from $10 an...
08/18/2021

Tomorrow is the Third Thursday Pop Up at @createarlington 6-9pm. Check out our resident member’s Art and buy from $10 and up. Live music by @friotriomusic BBQ by @bigtyme.web

Timeline photos
08/16/2021

Timeline photos

🚨 DRILLING ALERT 🚨

No, you're not having déjà vu. Total is seeking, once again, to drill at the AC360 drill site.

To refresh your memory, this is the *same* location that council voted no on (6-3) back in June 2020 due to racial equity and justice concerns. (Story here: http://ow.ly/iERg50FRJyF)

We are mobilizing with urgency. Stay tuned to our social media and webpage in the coming days for updates and action alerts.

The sad truth is that helmets won't save a cyclist in the vast majority of car/bike crashes; only the car moving at a ve...
08/16/2021
I Do Not Wear A Bicycle Helmet

The sad truth is that helmets won't save a cyclist in the vast majority of car/bike crashes; only the car moving at a very slow speed will do that. So why do we put so much pressure on riders on to strap in if that's our fear—and why don't we put more pressure on road engineers to #slowthecars?

—via @[Forbes]

Why do cyclists have to wear helmets when motorists do not? It's healthier to cycle without a helmet than not to ever cycle at all.

08/12/2021

#selfsufficientbackyard #gardening #survival #homesteading #offthegrid

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial...
08/11/2021

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial/social disaster) and turn it into either a productive street or an efficient road.

Streets and roads have two very different purposes. Here's how to take the stroad (i.e. street-road hybrid and financial/social disaster) and turn it into either a productive street or an efficient road.

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Sustainability Arlington - Working neighborhood by neighborhood, Sustainability Arlington seeks to create communities that integrate multi-modal forms of transportation, high efficiency housing, community gardens and and excellent system of sidewalks. Join the conversation online @ the Sustainiablity Arlington page A focus of our work is to reintroduce streetcar lines in the city of Arlington. Rail lines operated by the North Texas Traction Company ran through the heart of Arlington from 1902-1934. The lines were part of the privately funded, Interurban railway. North Texas Traction operated the line between Dallas and Fort Worth. New street car rails are installed in Oak Cliff and in Dallas on the same streets where they ran over 100 years ago. The new street cars connect Oak Cliff, across the Trinity, to Union Station in Downtown, Dallas. The Dallas streetcar line will then connect from Downtown, Dallas, the Arts District, Clyde Warren Park and then to the historic M-Line that runs through Uptown Dallas. The Oak Cliff Transit Authority applied for and was awarded a 23 million dollar grant in 2010. Phase 1 is a 1.6 mile line. Phase 2, now under construction will connect to the Bishop Arts District. Phase I: A rail line will be constructed on Division St/ between Cooper and Collins St. The street car would then head north from Division St on Collins, Stop at Randol Mill, I-30 and the new Viridian Rail Station. Phase I will connect Downtown/UTA to the Entertainment District and to the Metropolitan North Texas High Speed Rail on I-30. The line will then continue North on Collins to the North Side of Viridian, where a rail station will be added, to the TRE Rail Line that currently runs over Collins St. The High Speed Train is planned to go directly from Houston to Dallas. A line will connect Dallas to Fort Worth. There could be a stop in Arlington, but only if there is a reason and a plan in place. If not we do not have a plan, it will connect through DFW Airport in between Dallas and Ft. Worth. Phase 2 - To connect to the eastern and southern portion of Arlington, streetcar a line will be added to run South on Center St from Division St. and connect to I-20 (at the Highlands). And East on Division St. to connect to Hwy 360. Going south, the line could potentially connect to the Arlington Municipal Airport utilizing the new bridge build over I-20 at Center St. We need to travel in and out of the the Downtown/University District on foot, bike, rail, the Max and car. (Multi-modal) The “car only” conversation will not lead to innovation and increasing property values. Time to slow her down! To stimulate a desire to consider living in Arlington, we have to create and promote a safe city with good schools, private and public, with tons of day to day lifestyle options for diverse families who want to live in a interesting city. This sort of thinking is what motivated a few Dallasites in 1979 to meet and talk about putting the trolley car back on McKinney St to bring back that dogged portion of Dallas (property values are in the multi-billions now). The extension of the McKinney St. Trolley over the last 20 years has become a major part of the transit system in Dallas. Two communities that have reintroduced streetcars, Uptown Dallas and The Bishop Arts District, are two of the most desirable retail, residential and commercial real estate neighborhoods in the region in their own ways. They are unique, one of a kind, environments. Bishop Arts is an interesting case study for Arlington because it has re-developed in the midst of a largely lower income and ethnically diverse community like 76010. Arlington residents have a chance in the coming year to layout a compelling vision that is based on proven economic development principles that are proven to be effective in other cities. (Arlington Proud 12 Priorities). These strategies focus on the ability to develop a sense of “place”. You know the feeling, when you visit a city and you start to think to yourself “Man, it would be really great to live here.” The next thing you know you are online looking at homes online that are for sale or rent. Will street cars and a slower pace change everything? No. But, they are indicators that we are creating a slower pace and a sense of place. That will draw people to consider Arlington as a place to live, especially those finishing college up to 35 years olds. Cities all over the country are beginning to develop their plans to attract the Y Generation (19-35 year olds) and that will be a big challenge because they are difference and larger in numbers than their parent's generation, the Baby Boomers. We have to make sure that our residents, visitors and those that work here, know our priorities are focused on creating a community to raise up a family! One that is safe with walkable neighborhoods, tons of arts options, good schools, and a great place to return to in a generation. A plan to make this happen has to be focused on redevelopment for lifestyle purposes and not speed in and out of our city. The 35 and under generation is calling for something different than their Baby Boomer parents. We can create this new environment in connection with economic development along Abram St., especially on the East side of Arlington. Local folks will be involved in the design street car wait stations and create the art and atmosphere at each location. This is what we can envision in the near future! Street car Wait Station # 1 at Cooper St for UT Arlington. # 2 at The Levitt, City Hall and the Downtown Library. # 3 at the Tarrant County Court House and dozens of restaurants. St # 4 -The Rotary Art Walk at Meadowbrook Park with the great family playground, recreation center and the historic 9 hole golf course just 1 stop from Downtown. Next stop # 5, the beautiful Park View neighborhood and Stadium Dr. (short walk to the Ballpark) # 6 in front of General Motors at 360 where the 5000 employees work each day. and the location for the High Speed Rail station. Final stop #7 on Abram St. and Great Southwest Pkwy. A large park and ride would be developed utilizing the abundant vacant property and empty buildings in the area. (If we were able to extend the line 1/2 mile west, Wait Station #1 could be close to all three new student housing complexes). Can you get the picture? If you have not driven the stretch of Abram east to the city limits in a while - you need to and you will see how a redevelopment plan needs to be initiated. Fast growth has been our hallmark. Wide, ugly and fast moving streets, crossing our city served the purposes of rapid growth for over 40 years. Arlington is now 99% built-out and we can slow down become a community with a “sense of place” and start the redevelopment from the center. The Downtown and University Districts can help set the pace for an entire city. We already have dozens of great neighborhoods in Arlington. If we can focus on developing all of our neighborhoods with a sense of place with the same kind of passion that fueled the passage of the Cowboy Stadium proposal, nothing will be impossible. The financial and quality of life ROI of this strategy, will impact every corner of our city. Opportunities are in front of us that did not exist ten years ago. Federal grant funding (TIGER Funds) is available for streetcar transportation. The McKinney Ave Transportation Authority and Oak Cliff Transportation Authority are good local models and have said they would assist us in any way possible. McKinney Ave Trolley started small and has grown organically from one short line to a key connector for the entire city of Dallas. The same could be the case for an A-Line in Arlington. We will launch this vision integrated with the Abram St redevelopment project in April. Long term economic development, comes from people investing their life into loving a city, working hard, starting businesses, raising kids and enjoying an interesting lifestyle. When this happens we will also experience increasing values of our homes and businesses which then increase funding for schools an many other quality of life projects. If we push forward with these priorities, people will see a lifestyle worth to investigate while they are visiting or working in Arlington. Next we will see folks moving to to Arlington for the experience of a lifetime.

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Have you ever heard of the Pedestrian Scramble? Would be interesting to try this on Cooper and UTA Blvd. Sustainability Arlington, Texas
What does "walkable" really mean? Taking the time to break down one of placemaking's biggest buzzwords before you build could be the difference between creating a safe, prosperous place and a sad town with sidewalks that no one wants to walk on. The Shorthorn Newspaper Downtown Arlington Texas City of Arlington, TX - City Hall Sustainability Arlington, Texas
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Come out to Farm to Fork Foods today Jul 17th from 4-6 PM to meet Squishy Squash Edible Landscapes, other local sustainable minded vendors, and Alchemy Pops! Don't miss this!