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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Transforming Urban Trail Wayfinding

How to increase traffic on urban hiking and biking trails? Show how they fit into the larger transportation network with a transit-influenced map.

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Like many American cities, Dallas has invested in the health of its residents with a series of recreational hiking and biking trails. But without a comprehensive mapping and wayfinding system, the trails are all but invisible to a large portion of residents. How to increase activity on these vital recreational corridors? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Connect the Dots team found a way to not only make these hiking and biking trails more visible, they discovered a simple solution that would make the trails more useful to Dallas residents on a daily basis.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Enhancing Transit Stations

Dallas has the largest light rail system in the country by mile. Now how to turn the city's 55 stations into centers of social and economic activity?

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Although stereotypes paint Texans as pickup-loving drivers, Dallas now has the largest light rail system in the country by mile, and a true dedication to grow the network. How to turn the city's 55 stations into centers of social and economic activity that make people want to live and work nearby? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Transformation Stations team proposes their idea for turning the city's DART stations into vibrant cultural plazas.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Encouraging Small Businesses

Vacant storefronts keep a healthy block from feeling complete. How to bring small, local business activity to these under-utilized commercial spaces?

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Even the most vibrant neighborhoods haven't emerged unscathed by the recession. Small commercial districts have suffered a loss of small businesses, and with them come vacant storefronts, which not only become targets for vandalism, but also keep a healthy block from feeling complete. As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Elmwood Neighborhood Revitalization team tackled the challenge of bringing small, local business activity to these under-utilized commercial spaces in the community of Elmwood, in Dallas. After conducting research in the neighborhood, the team realized that myriad issues—from absentee owners to a lack of identity—contributed to the high vacancy rate, but the one way they could quickly improve the area was to increase the vibrancy on the street with unique, affordable-to-execute experiences.

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