Civic Resources

Walkability and Coronavirus: Adapting Public Spaces in a Pandemic

May 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a curveball at urban planners invested in walkability. Do your pedestrian signs support walking in the age of coronavirus? For years, foot traffic has been on the rise in congested areas like downtown entertainment districts, colleges and universities, dense business parks, and transportation hubs. Coronavirus will not end walkability. Here…

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How to Manage Political Yard Signs, Homemade Signs, and More

October 23, 2019

An election year always highlights the challenges municipalities face in regulating temporary signage cluttering city rights of way. Unmanaged signage and abandoned sign frames are a visual blight that many cities are unsure of how to address. From political yard signs left standing well past a campaign to homemade signs for garage sales and local events,…

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Home Builder Sign Policy that Works for Cities and Developers

April 27, 2019

Temporary home builder signs drive as much as 75% of traffic to new subdivisions. Sadly, the bright colors, waving flags, and large-font calls to action also create unattractive and off-brand signage clutter that deters potential new residents. What are high-growth municipalities to do?A strong but fair home builder sign policy allows home builders to drive…

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Citizen Feedback Loops: How to Leverage Public Input in City Branding

May 18, 2018

It is easy nowadays to assume that social media is all you need to collect citizen feedback. However, effective city branding isn’t built on pandering to the masses online. Rather, it’s a proactive process for engaging your constituents, collecting public input, and incorporating it into your city branding initiatives. As you are revising, building, and…

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4 Alternatives to Bilingual and Multilingual Signs in Civic Wayfinding

April 21, 2018

It is estimated that by the year 2020, more than 100 million foreigners will travel to the United States annually – and 65% of those visitors will not speak English. Accommodating these visitors can be very costly, especially when implementing wayfinding and placemaking systems. No wonder bilingual signs and multilingual signs are so important today. Here…

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