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COMMISSION: NO MORE FREE RIDE FOR YOU

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 7:30 pm With only Commissioners Kaufman and Weekley voting NO, the Key West City Commission voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to impose a $1.00 boarding fee for visitors using the City’s Duval Loop. While not in the published reports, Commissioners had been swayed by the City Manager and Transit Director (IMHO […]

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Keep Duval Loop FREE For Visitors

People have until Monday afternoon, May 4, to voice their opinion on Item #7 using the City’s eComment here:  https://bit.ly/2VQmasT Launched in August of 2017, the Duval Loop quickly became a favorite of visitors and all the lodging, attractions, restaurant and retail businesses in our downtown. The service is successful because it is FREE, FREQUENT […]

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20 Parklets on Duval in 2020

This is a more in-depth follow up to our article “3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street” where we advocated for quickly putting in parklets, bike parking and letting people take the street as a way to pedestrianize Duval, even if closing it off to cars completely or rebuilding it won’t happen right away. Wouldn’t […]

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Reimagining Key West – 3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street

Please check out our follow-up article “City of Key West – Let Our Restaurants Take Our Streets!” May 6, 2020. With lots of good people thinking about Reimagining Key West in a post Coronavirus world, there have been several popular calls for pedestrianizing Duval Street, especially the portion between Front Street and Truman Avenue or […]

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89 Great Streets in the U.S.A.

Of the American Planning Association‘s (APA) 306 Great Places in America, 89 of them are designated as Great Streets. The balance of these places are either neighborhoods or public spaces. APA designated the Great Places in the years 2007-2019 and is currently working on releasing their winners for 2020. Key West’s Duval Street is among […]

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ELGL’s 2017 Traeger Award Winners

Chris Hamilton #42 on 2017 Chris Traeger 100 List Engaging Local Government Leaders‘ (ELGL) Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Chris Traeger was the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show Park and Recreation. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. The […]

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It’s Too Early!

Friends of Car-Free Key West‘s Chris Hamilton joins Key West journalist Gwen Filosa on her weekday morning show “It’s Too Early!” on Island 106.9 FM on December 17, 2019. Gwen and Chris had a rollicking good time talking about bikes and cars, about some wonderful new things the City of Key West is doing, about […]

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10 Tools to Tackle Most Any City’s Downtown Traffic and Parking Problems

This post is derived from a discussion given at The Last Stand Neighborhood Forum on Transportation and Affordable Housing on June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, FL and has been updated with additional information over the last year. A snippet of video from the event is here . Cities small […]

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11 Books About Fighting for and Building People-First Cities

These inspiring leaders have authored 11 great and recent books on how to design and build walk, bike, transit and people-friendly cities showing us the strategies to make the places we call home more prosperous, green, healthy and happy as a result. Read them and join the revolution. People and businesses want to be in […]

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