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Livable Centers

Livable Centers

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more choices, great places
 
more choices, great places
Livabl
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A concentrated mix ofuses and a traditionalstreet grid system, suchas downtown areas.
High-Density
High-Density
Areas
Areas
A New Growth Strategy
By 2035, the eight-county Houston-Galveston region is expected to growby an additional 3.5 million people.Accommodating this growth willoverburden the region’s transportationnetwork unless we identify ways toreduce vehicle trips.H-GAC’s 2035 Regional TransportationPlan lays out a new strategy to addressthis growth - Livable Centers. Theseplaces are safe, convenient, and attractiveareas where people can live, work, andplay with less reliance on their cars.This guide is a resource to help localgovernments understand and implementthe essential components of LivableCenters.Areas of concentratedemployment and othermajor trip generators.
Regional Centers
Regional Centers
A high-density blend of useswithin walking distance of,and with good access to, atransit facility.
Transit-Oriented
 Transit-Oriented
Development
Development
Compact and Mixed Use.Designed to be Walkable.Connected and Accessible.
Key Features:
Key Features:
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Livable Center?
Elements of Livable Centers may be found, or be appropriate, in the following areas:
 
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Unique destinations, such asuniversities or sporting facilities,that place special demands uponthe transportation system.A combination of housing, retail,of
ce, and civic destinationswithin walking distance of acommunity gathering place.
Town Centers
 Town Centers
Corridors that increasemulti-modal accessibility andconnectivity to major centersor transit facilities.
Smart Streets
Smart Streets
pecial Trip Generators
Special Trip Generators
Community
Livable Centers are comfortable,appealing places for people to interact.They feature open spaces, such asparks, plazas, and marketplaces thataccommodate public gatherings andfoster a sense of community.
Mobility
Livable Centers make walking,bicycling, and transit more convenientby concentrating many destinations.Fewer local trips help to reducecongestion on major thoroughfares.
Environment
Livable Centers help preserve theenvironment by requiring less landfor surface parking than scatteredstrip development. This reduces theamount of impervious surface in theregion’s watersheds. By reducingthe need to make vehicle trips LivableCenters also help to improve airquality.
Economic Development
Livable Centers create a unique,identi
able destination, bolsteringcivic pride and acting as a catalyst forinvestment and development. Publicinvestments can help to leverageprivate investment.

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