Walkability Series: Connecting People through Walkways and Trails
The Walkability Speaker Series continues June 6 with Rob Brawner, Executive Director for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. Learn about the Atlanta Beltline Partnerhsip and what helped turn possibility into reality.
Walkability Series: Emiko Atherton Summary
Emiko Atherton spoke in Knoxville on May 9 and 10 about the many benefits of walkable, smart development. Atherton is the director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, which is part of Smart Growth America.
Three events with Atherton attracted a total of more than 100 participants, including elected officials, planning commissioners, developers, designers, and members of the general public.
The City of Alcoa Plans for Revitalization from a New Downtown
The City of Alcoa broke ground on a new downtown in April, marking the start of a project expected to have an impact not just on the City of Alcoa, but the entire Knoxville region.
Nearly twenty years of planning have gone into this project, including a 2015 workshop that was made possible through a Smart Growth America technical assistance grant. That workshop gave residents and planners tools and techniques to implement new development standards to create more compact, walkable places to boost the local economy and reduce public spending on infrastructure.
Walkability Series: Ellen Dunham-Jones Summary
Ellen Dunham-Jones visited the Knoxville area on April 4 and 5 for several events, sharing information about walkable suburban places with officials and the public.
Dunham-Jones shared case studies of communities that retrofitted suburban-style developments into more attractive, more walkable places with a better mix of uses and more greenery.
Roadway Repurposing Workshop Brings Attendees to Knoxville from Across the State
The TPO was selected by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to host a training on how to use the new workbook, Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects.
This is part of an effort to integrate more bikeways through regular pavement preservation projects. Forty-five engineers, designers, and planners from across the state attended this training on April 18, 2017.
Partnership Between Knoxville, Chattanooga & Nashville Wins Award to Help Implement Streets Policies
Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville were awarded for their efforts to make their streets safe and accessible.
Transit Funding in Our Region
Our recent online survey had more than 350 responses. Of those responses, there was an overwhelming desire for more transit in our region. It’s clear why those in our region want more transit options. Read more about the benefits as well as the obstacles.
Workforce Housing Report Available for Download
The Workforce Housing report examines challenges associated with providing adequate housing for Knox County's working families, including transportation costs.
In Knox County many working households are spending more money on housing and transportation than they can afford. The housing market is not supplying enough affordable units, so households have fewer choices and are often left spending more than 45% of their income on housing and transportation expenses.
Learn more here.
The Draft Final 2040 Mobility Plan is Now Available
We have incorporated community comments, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) comments, and US DOT Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) comments through March 2017 into this draft.
These revisions can be found at the Mobility Plan 2040 website.