Government officials and community leaders have the power to enhance communities. Implementing good ideas can make a positive impact on residents. Check out these city improvement ideas that make a difference!
Cities can maximize space with multi-modal shelters. The most common shelter is a multi-modal bike shelter that serves as a transit shelter and bike parking option. This allows cyclists to commute on public transit easily.
Little Free Libraries
Leaders can promote city book exchange by creating little free libraries around neighborhoods. These are mini sheds that hold books that allow residents to borrow and bring literature to the sheds. This is great for encouraging reading and improving literacy throughout communities. It’s also a fun way to connect with neighbors. Who knows, it may spark a neighborhood book club!
Urban orchards are a great city improvement ideathat communities can implement in their neighborhoods. Dedicate small plots of land to growing fruit trees. Then, community members will have access to fresh fruit while witnessing a fruit’s growth process. Government leaders can connect with agricultural specialists to start urban orchards all over the city. Furthermore, the specialists can teach classes about plants and tips on caring for fruit trees.
Crosswalks are crucial additions to roads as they indicate locations for people to cross the street. Over time, crosswalks fade, and it becomes difficult to determine safe passage. Fortunately, leaders can redesign crosswalks with community members’ help! Instead of repainting the crosswalks white, members can select colorful paint to liven the street.
Playgrounds are central components of cities that encourage children to play outside. Outdated play sets are unattractive safety hazards since kids can injure themselves on faulty equipment. To improve the city, government officials can update play areas with new equipment.
Outdoor Seating Options
Did you know that there’s an urban seating deficit? Fortunately, one of the best ways someone can contribute to city improvement is by creating an outdoor seating area. Whether a resident builds a bench or fundraises money for outdoor seating, anything helps! Then, people can use the seating options and enjoy the outdoor environment.
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist who appears weekly in the Los Angeles Wave newspaper and can be reached at [email protected].