ASLA is enthused that President Obama acknowledged landscape architects and their work on transportation infrastructure. Throughout the years, ASLA has worked to educate all policy makers about the critical role landscape architects play in the development and implementation of multimodal transportation projects, including transit-oriented development, walking and bicycle paths and trails, public transit stations, streetscapes, and more. As a result of these efforts, many members of Congress and locally elected officials now view landscape architects as critical leaders in planning and design, and promote policies that benefit the profession.
Currently, ASLA government affairs is working with Congress on passing a reauthorization of our nation’s surface transportation law - MAP-21. ASLA is advocating for the measure to continue programs and policies that spur active transportation projects that landscape architects design and plan. Passing and funding a multimodal surface transportation law, will not only benefit landscape architects and other infrastructure professionals, it will also help thousands of communities achieve their transportation and livability goals.
Visit ASLA’s Transportation Planning and Design advocacy page, for more information. You can also view the full interview and read the transcript of The President’s Remarks on the Economy, 1776, Washington, DC.