Schools have traditionally been the focal points of our communities. They provide a place to educate our children, but can also add architectural beauty, anchor a community’s “public realm” and give citizens access to recreational, civic and public space.
If located far from neighborhood centers, however, schools no longer serve as the hub of community life. Students, teachers and parents cannot walk or bicycle to school, but must drive, leading to traffic congestion, commuting costs, road-building expenses, poorer air quality and more dangerous streets for those students who do walk. Young families that otherwise might stay in urban centers and existing communities are forced to uproot themselves as their children get older.
In this section, we discuss ways that the school can remain, or once again become, the heart of community life and at the same time save taxpayer money, encourage efficient development patterns and promote more active and healthy lifestyles for our children.
- Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School
- 21st Century Safe School Fund
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Council of Educational Facility Planners International
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- State Policies and School Facilities (PDF) – National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Joint Use Facilities Case Studies from New Schools, Better Neighborhoods
- Schools for Successful Communities (PDF)
- Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting