Leading up to TCAT’s 2011 Complete Streets Forum this week, Spacing caught up with TCAT’s director, Nancy Smith Lea.
Reflecting back on the year that was, “the most important development has been the uptake in the use of the term ‘complete streets’. There has been a rallying around this vision,” she says. It’s a vision that’s hard to disagree with: complete streets are designed to be safe, accessible and inclusive for users of all ages and abilities. All the same, Smith Lea is encouraged by the increased use of the term by advocates, City staff and professionals.
“It has really helped advocates to form a positive vision.” She cites the Open Letter to Candidates about Complete Streets as an example. “It’s too easy to get focused on what is wrong. It’s really helpful to have everyone on the same page in terms of what we want to change and what we want that change to look like.”
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