Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Transit Solutions and Location Efficient Communities

Public Transport Walking Biking and Land Use Planning
Transportation Infrastructure is the backbone of our communities. A reduced dependence on the automobile enables land use planning that reduces household transportation costs and frees up space for transit, pedestrian, and bike systems as well as rationalizing the use of existing infrastructure.
Transit Oriented Development transportation is the second-highest household expense; access to transit enhances access to the workplace and schools. TOD not only benefits new and existing residents, but also businesses, transit agencies, local governments, merchants, and developers.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions are lower in Dense Urban Areas than the Suburbs
Location Efficiency is defined as communities with walkable streets, access to transit, proximity to jobs, mixed land uses, and concentrations of retail and services achievable with policies like free transit passes and car-sharing as well as planning tools that identify land parcels under development and calculate the benefits of locating in a walkable community near existing transit facilities, allowing
Developers and Local Public Officials to identify traffic reduction strategies by location, design and the amount of parking needed in support of smart, well-located developments during the development review process as well as engage residents and contribute to future neighborhood planning.
Walking and Biking nearly 20% of auto-related fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists. Walking and bicycling can be made safer at dangerous intersections, streets, sidewalks as well as for wheelchair users by utilizing existing planning tools.
Land Use Planning decisions help determine ways to reduce housing and other costs for families living in places with good public transportation and ameliorate costly and time consuming commutes.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Knowledge Tourism in the Knowledge Economy

Knowledge Tourism brings together local histories, customs, values and traditions with expertise in a variety of disciplines to learn, experience and expand knowledge of the territory with a holistic program that addresses simultaneously:
Logistics such as Transit Oriented Development - TOD -  and Location Efficient Communities. Transit availability is important for business and economic development as well as a health issue, as numerous studies link reduced obesity with public transport, and the development of walking and biking trails, implemented in part via eServices and the application of appropriate communications technologies that put underserved communities and customers within reach of public and private transport services at an affordable cost.
Energy Efficiency and Water Quality/Conservation synergies between energy and water are key as costs and consumption of the latter are highly dependent on the efficiency of the former; also, main street storefronts, offices, museums and other venues can regain visitors from malls and other commercial structures only if they implement energy savings programs.
Geography and Historic Trade Routes, take into consideration rivers, lakes, coastlines, highways, wagon trails and rail routes to ensure sustainability and resilience, even where the rivers are no longer navigable, or a source of water for nearby communities, and rail heads have been dismissed. Each region has anchor locations with a history as hubs.
Anchor Locations are the points of reference for other local areas in their respective regions as well as cross-regional collaborations whereby a local government, nonprofit or business that has a specific expertise in a topic beneficial to local food and/or heath related issue, is invited to participate and transfer its know-how to ensure
Purchasing Power, the Achilles’ heel of both small communities and small business, achievable via local and regional collaborations and transfers of know-how and a
A Planning Process that addresses Land Use, Housing, Utilities, Community Facilities, Transportation, Water and Natural Resources, Historic Preservation and Economic Development.
New Small Business and Employment Opportunities
Cultural Heritage and Local Museums give meaning and purpose to the objects on display in museums and art galleries as they disclose the historical and archaeological heritage of a community, leverage conservation and the rediscovery of cultural heritage through the arts, history, archeology, literature and architecture, preserve biodiversity and the cultures associated with rural, coastal and river communities.
Local Food Wineries and Breweries there are several fascinating examples throughout America of a resurgence in farming that caters to an ever-increasing demand for local, quality and sustainable food, wine and ale consumption in urban and rural areas.
Preserving and Divulging the Cultural Heritage of American Communities via Placemaking
Public Transport Initiatives In recent years, efficient and affordable public transit - in the form of bus rapid transit - BRT, rail services and trolley cars – for urban, suburban and intercity service have been debated, studied and in some instances implemented. Major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Minneapolis/St Paul that have established commuter and regional services can bring their planners and managers into collaborations with small town planners and businesses to construct efficient, safe and affordable commuter, transit and travel related services.
Water Resources and the Environment visit and study the efforts of communities that are in the forefront of water resources management and other environmentally sustainable practices in coastal and river waterfront development in small towns and large cities as well as agricultural communities. Local officials and nonprofit stewards of the environment, among others, explain their policies, programs and best management practices in wastewater and watershed management, land conservancy issues, LEED certifications, recycling, rainwater collection and energy efficient systems.
Industry and Commerce Itineraries from Agriculture and Industry to Services and Sustainability
Communities transitioning from traditional industrial and commercial activities to technologically innovative ones; in some instances, they are also able to re-establish their traditional economic activities with a successful application of the so-called knowledge economy and, in the process, becoming once again competitive in the world marketplace.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hudson River Scenic and Historic Walking Tours

The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, food and farmers’ markets.

Colonial Era The first Dutch settlement was established at Fort Nassau, a trading post south of modern day Albany, in the early 17th century, with the purpose of exchanging European goods for beaver pelts. The valley also became one of the major regions of conflict during the American Revolution.

19th Century following the building of the Erie Canal, the area became an important industrial center as the canal opened the Hudson Valley and New York to commerce with the Midwest and the Great Lakes.

The natural beauty of the Hudson Valley has earned the Hudson River the nickname "America's Rhineland" a comparison to the famous 40 mile (65 km) stretch of Germany's Rhine River valley.
Navigation the Hudson is navigable for a great distance above mile 0 off Battery Park. The original Erie Canal connected it with Lake Erie enabling shipping between cities on the Great Lakes and Europe via the Atlantic Ocean. The Hudson Valley also proved attractive for railroads, once technology progressed to the point where it was feasible to construct the required bridges over tributaries.

The Erie Canal Cruise or Walk through Historic Villages and Natural Landscapes

Biking, Walking Driving Itineraries and outdoor adventures in the Hudson River Valley includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, parasailing, archery and skeet shooting.
Dutchess County is 800 square miles of natural scenic beauty, historic and cultural landmarks, and outdoor recreation. Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson. Tour and taste along the Dutchess Wine Trail. Explore the homes of FDR and Vanderbilt. Taste new creations at The Culinary Institute of America. Fill the pantry at farm markets. Cruise the Hudson River. Video

Hudson River Valley Scenic and Historic Walking Tours

Rockland County is located just 30 miles north of New York City and is known for its quaint villages, spectacular river views and outdoor recreation with 32,000 acres of parklands dotted with sparkling lakes and streams rushing down to the Hudson. Miles marked trails lead right to the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains.
The Village of Piermont formerly Tappan Landing it is is located by a navigable tidal creek linking the Hudson River with Orangetown and the interior. In the 1830s, a pier and a rail link made it the southern terminus connection to Lake Erie. Following the Civil War and the launching of the Nyack and Northern passenger rail line, the Village of Piermont started attracting tourism from nearby New York City.
Upstate New York is home to City and Country settings High-tech Industries and Natural Wonders
Finger Lakes and Watkins Glen State Park is the site of 19 waterfalls and a gorge. Seneca Lake is a long slender lake with wineries along both sides. From Geneva, on the north shore of the lake, you can head east towards Syracuse and visit Destiny USA, sixth largest shopping destination in the United States.

 Genesee County Village and Museum is the largest living history museum in the state; a restored 19th century village with historic buildings, craftspeople in authentic dress, a nature center, wildlife gallery and a vintage baseball park.
Planning Your Trip assumes uniquely local dimensions in the places you visit, rooted in the local economy, history and traditions. TEMA develops personalized itineraries based on your preferences; we leverage an in-depth knowledge of your destinations with superior client service throughout your trip.

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