When it comes to public engagement, city staff are often stretched thin, don’t always have the right tools and connections, and don’t always know the right questions to ask. Many cities have found themselves able to extend their ability to deliver better outcomes by working with community partners, creating lasting partnerships that deliver high-quality projects and responding to the needs of communities.
In this session, hear from the partners building better streets. Better Block PDX works in tandem with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, testing out new street configurations using temporary materials, collecting data and resident feedback more systemically and thoroughly than the city could with its own resources. The Better Bike Share Partnership works to incorporate the benefits of bike share into the communities that could most benefit, yet often are the hardest for city officials to reach. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration pioneered the successful model of partner-run public space, with a plaza that serves as a neighborhood anchor, with 1.5 million visits per year.