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Becoming the Most Walkable City in the Pacific Northwest Using Smart Data

Tigard, OR, USA
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Goverment Champion

Economic Development Department

Cost

Initial:
20 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2016

Challenges Addressed

Economic Development
Redevelopment & Brownfields
Transparency
Civic Technology
Buildings
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Mobility & Access
Digital Government
Complete Streets

Motivation

Smart city
Sustainable city

Funding / Financing

General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Type

Project
Technology
Tool

At a Glance

The City of Tigard made significant progress towards its goal of becoming the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest. The City used State of Place to quantify existing walkability conditions and forecast future redevelopment scenarios in the Tigard Triangle project that achieve triple bottom line outcomes.

Problem Addressed

In 2012, the City of Tigard recognized that it was lacking walkable, livable neighborhoods and made an ambitious and bold announcement that it aimed to become the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest. The city understood its built environment challenges with auto-centric street designs including: strip-mall lined 6-lane arterials; power centers surrounded by a sea of asphalt; pedestrian no-man lands; and cookie-cutter single-family home subdivisions. With this challenge in mind, the city was struggling with what/where to prioritize, how best to allocate their limited resources/budgets, and how to convince the many stakeholders involved in the planning and development process the best way forward.

City of Tigard used/is using State of Place to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

The City approached State of Place to tackle their challenge by using data and analytics to help realize their vision to become the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest.

In partnership with Portland State University, State of Place analysed the Tigard Triangle, a triangle-shaped area located in the northwestern part of the city that primarily contained large-scale commercial uses and was one of the least pedestrian-friendly areas in the City. Over a period of four months, the City used the entire State of Place suite of analyses: 1) State of Place Index/Profile (quantified place quality of existing conditions), 2) Prioritization (set evidence-based urban design priorities), 3) Scenario Analysis (modeled future development scenarios SimCity-style), and 4) Financial Forecast (maximized project budgets to achieve the biggest bang for the buck).

Using State of Place, the City crafted an evidence-based, strategic framework by which to systematically achieve their long-range planning goals. Additionally, the City used State of Place’s data-driven justification to help them convince residents, developers, commercial property owners and other redevelopment area stakeholders why they were pursuing this ambitious goal. Not only did the City use State of Place to enhance walkability for the public good, it also enabled them to maximize their budgets efficiently and ensure resilience in the face of changing demographics and preferences.

Outcomes

  1. Objective, robust assessment of existing walkability of the Tigard Triangle.
  2. Prioritized and recommended urban design improvements most likely to boost walkability and economic development.
  3. Quantified the impact of various development and planning proposals with respect to walkability.
  4. Forecasted the economic premiums, value capture, and ROI of several proposed scenarios.

Something Unique

State of Place’s proprietary AI-driven urban design database and predictive analytics software quantifies the impact of nearly 300 micro-scale built environment features on walkability, return on investment, and safety through measurable data-driven urban design strategies.

Who Should Consider?

All cities challenged with convincing stakeholders in the planning and development process and seeking new, innovative data-driven solutions to achieve walkable, livable sustainable developments.