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Transportation: Creating a Place

Transportation infrastructure serves as a catalyst for building place in cities. With all eyes on a project, new designs allow for a throughway to be transformed into a vibrant, vital urban center. Through placemaking, cities are transforming the transit stop from a sign and a pole to an urban place and a hub for mobility.

Hear from Toronto, which used its new light rail along Queens Quay to revolutionize the image of a run-down part of town; Chicago, which reopened its river into a vital pedestrian hub, hummming with conversation at all hours of the day and night; and Leicester, which paired infrastructure improvements, like pedestrianized streets and cycleways, with street engagement and promotions, including an eight-day festival that helped its citizens see their streets in a new way. Day and night, innovative designs can create a place.