Streetscape Design & Urban Planning

Streetscape design for urban areas requires the recognition that streets are much more than a channel for motor vehicle travel. Streetscapes address improvements not just to the roadway but to the surrounding environment as well. They help define the mobility of a community and also impact many, if not all, of the following components:

  • Economic development
  • Opportunity
  • Property values
  • Historic preservation
  • Aesthetics
  • Public safety
  • Health of the population
  • Community spirit
  • Social activities
  • Collective identity

The team at Luchs and DeCarlo & Doll is well keyed into the fact that each streetscape design we develop is as varied as the multitude of clients and municipalities we serve. Each project often involves multiple owners, both public and private, and requires each member of our team to understand, appreciate and incorporate all possible factors.

Some of the elements we carefully evaluate and design may include:

  • Infrastructure
  • Business and economics
  • Historic context
  • Zoning
  • Sidewalks, bike paths, curbs and gutters
  • Drainage improvements
  • Utility relocation
  • Parking accessibility
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Public safety
  • Signage
  • Lighting (regular and seasonal)
  • Plantings
  • Street furniture (trash receptacles, benches, bike racks, etc.)
  • Specialty structures (art installation, gazebos, bus stops, etc.)
  • Entrance features

Luchs/DeCarlo & Doll can be counted on to listen to each party involved, to provide knowledge and expertise, and to produce a client-driven urban streetscape design that will serve owners and community members well into the future.