Photo by Tompkins County
The placement of public and civic buildings usually indicates
a local government's development priorities. By locating new public
buildings (e.g., libraries, government buildings, and schools)
within existing centers, governments and school districts demonstrate
their commitment to investment in existing downtowns and encourage
further investment in those areas by the private sector.
If a municipality wants to build a walkable community, it should
try to ensure that new schools and government facilities be located
within easy walking and bicycling distance of many people. Attracting
residents to areas where those facilities already exist is also
an important step.