Bringing a Community Health Lens to Highway‐to‐Main Street Conversions through the Integration of Top‐Down Expert Guidance and Bottom‐Up Community Engagement.
PI: Brian L. Cole, UCLA; Co-PI: Richard Jackson, UCLA
Abstract: In response to changing transportation patterns and community priorities, many communities are considering converting segments of state highways passing through their communities into community main streets. These conversions are not just a matter of re‐purposing streets for slower speeds and different transportation modes. The new main street can serve as a focal point for community life, bringing the community together, providing a public space venue for community events, and encouraging physical activity and civic engagement, in addition to providing a key corridor for mobility through and to a community. Community health and well‐being is a common thread running through nearly all the functions of a community main street. This project will therefore use a public health lens and methods, such as health impact assessment, to assess opportunities, barriers, risks and benefits of converting urban state highway segments into community main streets. The project will identify and test both expert‐based metrics and community engagement procedures to bring together objective, “top‐down” assessment and subjective, “bottom‐up” community perspectives. This integrated, multisectoral assessment approach will be tested in a case study of a state highway segment in a low income community in Los Angeles County.
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