September 2016 APWA Newsletter
PRESIDENTS NOTE - Greetings Kansas Chapter! It was great to see many chapter members that made it to the Public Works Expo (PWX) in Minneapolis and celebrated together at the chapter dinner. The annual conference is such an amazing experience to see and hear about the innovation going on in public works while also experiencing the local culture. Reminiscing of highlights from my last day at the conference, I started with attending the workshop bicycle tour of Minneapolis bike facilities that included pedaling around to learn how the city builds, maintains and retrofits streets to create their bike network from cycle tracks, to bike boulevards, to buffered bike lanes. The bike tour was a nice way to see the city, learn about the challenges of doing a “road diet” in downtown and hear their claims that people really do winter bicycling in Minneapolis?! Also heard the closing keynote speaker, Charles Marohn, speak about “Strong Towns” and ways to rethink planning and development in consideration of the public costs of building and maintaining infrastructure. He provided interesting examples of redevelopment using cost/benefit ratios to create context sensitive streetscapes while also growing the local economy.
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