Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

By: Britt Storck, Daniel Ashworth, and Mary Stewart Landscape Architecture has great breadth as a design profession, with significant impacts on communities and quality of life. Alta’s design group includes a collaborative team of landscape architects and landscape designers who understand that truly successful projects are a reflection of their communities. As landscape architects, we […]

Celebrating a Life on Two Wheels

By: Brett Hondorp, President, Alta Planning + Design My father-in-law Leonard passed away a few weeks ago. As we were gathered with family and friends, the conversation turned to the ragtag collection of bikes in his garage, and someone remarked that his e‑bike had added years to his life. Leonard was in his 80s, and […]

Complete Streets 2.0: Putting Design Principles into Action

By: Derek Abe, Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design Last week we discussed eight Complete Streets 2.0 design principles that serve as a framework for successfully integrating new and emerging mobility options into our streetscapes. These principles allow us to adapt current designs, in response to new and shifting modes of transportation, while better balancing […]

The State of Behavior Change

A Quarterly Column By: Jessica Roberts, Principal, Programs Manager, Alta Planning + Design I don’t know about you, but whenever I need to get from point A to point B, first I draw up a spreadsheet so I can compare the costs, anticipated time, risk of delays, and…KIDDING! Of course I don’t do that — I’m a […]

“Smart Trips Austin” Aims to Answer Tough Transportation Questions

By: Hannah Mullin and Cathy Cibor, Alta Planning + Design Intimidated by e-scooters? Not sure how to find the best bus route to get to work? Worried biking will be too hard? Here’s how Alta answered those questions in Austin, TX. For the past three years, Alta’s programs team has supported the City of Austin […]

Getting People to Change Behavior Starts with Listening

Alta’s Hannah Day-Kapell provides a custom motivational interviewing training for Safe Routes to School professionals in Wisconsin. By: Hannah Mullin, Senior Programs Specialist, Alta Planning + Design At Alta, our programs team helps communities get the most out of the transportation options available to them. We support residents in diverse communities in overcoming the barriers […]

Portland Has Something Else to be Thankful For

Central City in Motion is a Go By: Katie Mangle, Principal, Alta Planning + Design This Thanksgiving, there’s a lot to be grateful for. Here at Alta, we’re celebrating the Portland City Council’s unanimous vote to adopt Central City in Motion, which will make downtown streets safer, more efficient, and equitable for all Portland residents. The […]

An Active Transportation Planner’s Insights from Actively Transporting Through SE Asia

by: Ryan Johnson, Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design Alta rewards employees at their five-year mark with a travel stipend to any international destination that provides experiences related to Alta’s business. This reflection recaps Ryan Johnson’s recent travels through SE Asia. At any other time and place, bicycling in a steady rain would be one […]

What I Learned From My Walking Commute in Hanoi

Left: Watching helplessly from the back of a motorbike as my friend takes on a typical rush hour intersection on one of Hanoi’s major roads. Right: In Hanoi’s maze of alleyways, motorbikes function better as family vehicles than, say, a minivan. Left: Watching helplessly from the back of a motorbike as my friend takes on a […]

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