Presenting highlights from NACTO's 2012 "Designing Cities" Conference. The event drew hundreds of professionals from around the U.S. to interact with each other and exchange the latest innovations being implemented in our big cities.
As you'll see, the conference featured some nice twists on the usual fare and included many great speakers and plenaries including U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Brookings Institute's Bruce Katz. Also speaking was NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg who really summed up how our elected leaders are starting to see transportation as so intergral to their cities:
"Streets are there to transport people. They're not there necessarily for cars they're there to transport people - and there's are lots of different ways of transporting people, and in fact one of the original ways was walking. So we've come full circle here - surprise, surprise."
NACTO continues to be the key organization in innovating design standards and tracking best practices with publications for the U.S. Also, if you haven't already seen it do not miss the Commissioner's Panel hosted by MSNBC's Chris Hayes which we posted last month. It is 52 minutes of incredibly great dialogue between the top Transportation Commissioners in five of the biggest NACTO cities.