If you were to ask your child what ‘safer streets’ mean to them, how do you think they would answer? Two planning interns with the City of Tacoma did that with a class of school children and the project has turned into a partnership between the City, school and other local community organizations and firms.
The project included visioning exercises and charrettes that focused on neighborhood safety and what community meant to elementary school children. As part of these activities, children were asked to illustrate their ideas and these drawings were the inspiration for a complete streets primer specifically for the neighborhood where the school is located, called “35 Ways to Safer Neighborhood Streets”.
For more information, more of the kid’s pictures and a look at the primer, check out ‘Congress for the New Urbanism’s website.