Demonstration Corridors

The four communities involved in the Healthy Corridors project—Boise, Denver, Los Angeles, and Nashville—are referred to as Demonstration Corridors. They were selected through a competitive application process with ULI’s District Councils.

Each Demonstration Corridor has formed a local leadership group, which includes experts in land use, real estate development, design, health, and community engagement. The local leadership groups are helping to shape the Healthy Corridors project at the local level for the selected corridor, including planning local workshops and participating in national forums.

Summaries of Healthy Corridors Panels and Events

Boise_VistaBoise, Idaho: Vista Avenue

ULI Idaho and partners are working on a 1.7 mile segment of a 4 mile, 4 lane arterial connecting the airport, Interstate 84, Boise State University, and downtown Boise. Vista Avenue exemplifies a typical strip commercial street, with auto-oriented retail, bars, pawn shops, a mix of converted and dilapidated housing, and very few pedestrian facilities. This segment of the corridor bifurcates the Vista Neighborhood, which has some of the lowest livability indicators (income, single family home value, etc.) in the city, and includes a mix of single and multi-family housing. Due to the function of this corridor as a gateway to the city and the lack of relationship to the surrounding neighborhoods, there is a lot of opportunity to improve the uses and infrastructure along Vista Avenue to make it more attractive to visitors, while simultaneously improving the health and well-being of residents who rely on the corridor as part of their daily lives.

The Boise local workshop was held on June 18, 2015.
The Boise National Study Visit was held February 15-17, 2016. Download the presentation here.


Denver_FederalBlvdDenver, Colorado: Federal Boulevard

ULI Colorado and partners are working on a 2.5 mile segment of Federal Boulevard near the Chaffee Park neighborhood, bordering Regis University. The eight-lane corridor is dominated by strip land uses (including motels, used-car lots, and fast food restaurants), lacks sidewalks, and traffic safety is a major issue. Five low-income census tracts lie adjacent to the study area. A major greenway, Clear Creek, runs under Federal but neighborhood connectivity is insufficient. There is also an underutilized viewpoint of the Rocky Mountains along the corridor. However, two new rail stations coming in 2016 show positive movement for change in this corridor, and promising things are happening along Federal Boulevard, including the new Aria development and its partnership with Regis University to promote healthier living.

The Denver local workshop was held on July 9, 2015.
The Denver National Study Visit was held January 19-21, 2016. Download the presentation here.


LA_VanNuys1Los Angeles, California: Van Nuys Boulevard

ULI Los Angeles and partners are working on a 0.75 mile segment of Van Nuys Boulevard in the neighborhood of Pacoima, located 30 minutes north of downtown LA. Pacoima is a vibrant and diverse community that also faces some of the city’s poorest health outcomes. The corridor is characterized by a wide and auto-oriented road bed, small-scale commercial establishments, a lack of pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and adjacent single family homes. However the corridor also contains unique cultural elements, including colorful murals and small businesses that cater to the surrounding Latino community.

The Los Angeles local workshop was held on July 22, 2015.
The Los Angeles National Study Visit was held February 3-5, 2016. Download the presentation here.




Nashville, Tennessee: Charlotte Avenue

ULI Nashville and partners are working on a 4 mile segment of Charlotte Avenue near downtown Nashville, considered a main traffic throughway from downtown to the western suburbs. The northern side of the corridor is home to Nashville’s historically African-American neighborhoods, cultural arts centers, and universities; these neighborhoods also have social inequities and poor health outcomes. The southern side is where the city’s long-standing medical district resides. Though there is current public and private investment along the corridor, uncoordinated development patterns offer an opportunity to implement more strategic principles, actions, and partnerships that support and improve the health of the adjacent neighborhoods and business-users, and that could be replicated along other corridors across Nashville.

The Nashville local workshop was held on August 10 and 11, 2015.
The Nashville National Study Visit was held January 13-15, 2016. Download the presentation here.


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