Category Archives: Tara Mather

Who’s doing the Rice Village Shuffle?

At this year’s RDA design charrette, “Visions for the Village,” the ARC team took a crack at imagining a greener, more pedestrian friendly Rice Village.  This year’s team consisted of Eric Leshinsky and Caitlin Scott, from our Houston office, and Tara Mather and Sarah Almukhtar from our Austin office. The...

Discussing Housing + Transit in Austin

Last Friday I attended Housing + Transit: Getting on Track in Austin, organized by the UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin. The recent ongoing discussions of Project Connect was an impetus for this program, as housing has not been at the forefront of these transit planning conversations. Dr. Elizabeth Mueller,...

Bike Fort Worth

Last week at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy Price spoke about how promoting a healthy city is a form of economic development. Not only are people looking to locate in cities with recreational amenities and transportation options, but it is a great cost advantage...

Release of NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide

This month the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is releasing the Urban Street Design Guide, which has been endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration. I’m in Boulder this week at the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Professional Development Seminar, where the team of designers led a...

Defensive Walking

We love our neighborhood, and enjoy the occasional coffee break at Catalina. No matter how many times we walk this path, we can’t get over the duck-and-weave motion necessary to pass the obstacle course of sign posts (and barricade?). While walking in a single-file line takes me back to the...

[Imagine Downtown] Lafayette

We’re so proud to be a part of the public engagement/visioning process for Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. Creative Action Acadiana and Urban Land Institute Louisiana initiated a Open Ideas Competition to envision how six sites within downtown could be redesigned. Our submission was chosen as the winning entry for Site 3: Lee and Vermillion, and...

Keep up with the Green Lane Project

It was not unusual to see individuals sporting green-painted pinkies at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference this week, signifying the Green Lane Project campaign that began in April 2012, hosted by the Bikes Belong Foundation. Six U.S. cities were chosen to participate — Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco,...

Long Beach Spotlight: Pro Walk Pro Bike 2012

This year’s Pro Walk Pro Bike (PWPB) Conference was held in Long Beach, California, where a sign outside City Hall declares it “the most bicycle friendly city in America.”  While bikes don’t rule the streets, bold efforts are being made to improve conditions for bicyclists and educate road users of...