As part of our conversation on infrastructure spending and the #InfrastructureCrisis, we’re highlighting good infrastructure spending decisions—the ones that truly provide a return on investment, the ones that genuinely make their neighborhoods better and take public ideas into account.
We believe that a nation full of towns that take on small, incremental projects to improve their neighborhoods is a much better model than a nation where the federal government goes trillions of dollars in debt in the hopes of growing the economy through megaprojects.
So we invited our readers and members to submit their nominations for the Strongest Infrastructure Project. We received many wonderful projects, from bike share programs to bus stops to public parks —from cities and towns in 25 states and Canada.
The Strongest Infrastructure Projects
After some failed attempts, Fargo, ND redesigns a central commercial street to be more walkable. The result? Increased property values, renovated and revitalized businesses, and an influx of new downtown residents.
Crompton Place is a locally owned, mixed-use development in Worcester’s up-and-coming Canal District neighborhood, housed in a former textile mill.
Diverse community members use their talents to beautify a vacant lot and fill it with a garden, library, seating and more.
To connect two college campuses on a tight budget, Modesto, CA creatively uses signage, posts and striping to create a protected bike path for a fraction of the original predicted cost.
West Jefferson, NC redesigns its downtown district to slow cars, increase walkability and fill empty storefronts to the benefit of locals, tourists and business owners alike.
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