Designing Cities

Phoenix Regional Conference 2013

On October 27-29, 2013, as part of its Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World Class Streets initiative, NACTO headed to the Southwest to host a regional conference in Phoenix, AZ. The conference brought together national and local leaders in transportation, engineering, and design, convening an unparalleled body of expertise and experience drawn from city transportation officials around the nation.

The conference engaged pressing themes in transportation planning and urban design today, including:

  • Urban Street Design Standards and Guidance
  • Bike Share
  • Light Rail Transit, Streetcar, and Bus Rapid Transit
  • Economic Impacts of Streetscape Projects
  • Pedestrian Safety and Design
  • Innovative Project Delivery and Interim Design Strategies

Speakers included:

  • Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner
  • Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix
  • Victor Mendez, FHWA Administrator
  • Mary Peters, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

The Phoenix conference closely followed the official release of the Urban Street Design Guide. The Guide served as a template for the conversations that took place at the conference, leading participants through a discussion of the essential factors of 21st century design and engineering. In addition to these peer-to-peer activities, local transportation officials led walking tours (WalkShops) of major transportation projects throughout the region.

The presentations from the conference breakout sessions are available on NACTO’s website, organized by panel session. Visit

To download a list of conference attendees, click here.

Cities are at the forefront of innovation — investing in sustainable transportation projects that reimagine and reinvent their streets.

- Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner &  NACTO President

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