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Pedestrian Intersection - Iowa City, IA


Creating Cohesive Public Spaces

Streetscapes offer a unique opportunity to create a dynamic, cohesive space that brings together businesses, transportation, and people through the art of placemaking. Whether your objective is revitalizing a run-down area in your community to restore its vibrancy and livability or promoting a new business district, it’s crucial to have a well-thought-out streetscape design. This is an investment in the future of your community, and we are here to provide you with sustainable, long-lasting solutions.

By adopting a comprehensive approach that takes into consideration the needs of all users and incorporates appealing features, your streetscape can transform into a memorable and welcoming area that boosts the local economy, improves the quality of life, and creates a strong sense of place.

Developing a Unified Vision

To ensure the success of community development projects, it’s crucial to engage stakeholders and the public throughout the entire process. When community members are actively encouraged to provide input on aspects like project scope, design, schedule, and potential impacts, it helps to establish a shared vision. This collaborative approach allows everyone involved to have consistent expectations, ultimately leading to the best possible results.

Our team specializes in leading public discussions and managing proceedings on behalf of our clients. We act as an extension of your staff, working to simplify the public involvement process by using customized techniques that align with your specific requirements.

Multifunctional & Balanced Design

Designing and implementing a versatile and well-balanced streetscape presents a host of challenges. These challenges encompass a wide range of factors, such as pedestrian safety, accommodating multiple modes of transportation, effective stormwater management, ease of maintenance, and addressing parking needs. Additionally, different types of streets require distinct design considerations. For instance, the treatment of a downtown commercial street differs significantly from that of an industrial or mixed-use thoroughfare. Moreover, factors like the size of the community, its cultural identity, and its anticipated growth also play vital roles in the planning process.

Our forward-thinking project approach takes all these intricate details into account. By doing so, we can proactively address potential issues before they become problematic and make the most efficient use of available resources. Our streetscape treatments, which include elements like landscaping, lighting, public art installations, and seating areas, serve to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal and reflect the unique identity of the community.

Strategic Implementation

Ensuring that streetscape improvements cause minimal disruption to nearby businesses and the local community is a top priority. This is achieved through a phased construction approach that demands careful attention to aspects such as paving and utility coordination, traffic planning, and safety measures.

Our team at Snyder & Associates has a wealth of experience in project management and construction administration. We excel at identifying and thoroughly addressing construction-related challenges well in advance of each phase’s commencement.

Our Streetscape Services

Master Planning

We don’t just focus on the project corridor itself; we also consider pedestrian, bicyclist, and vehicle routes to establish safe and efficient connections with the broader community and its amenities.

Streetscape Design

We prioritize accessibility for all users and modes of transportation by concentrating on various streetscape zones and amenities.

Bicycle, Pedestrian & Vehicular Circulation

By implementing traffic calming measures and creating separation between various modes of transportation, loading zones, parking areas, and service access points, we foster a safe and efficient passage for all users throughout the area.


Ensuring ADA-compliant intersection crossings and building access is vital to accommodate users with various mobility needs.

Streetscape Amenities

Gathering areas, seating, lighting, landscaping, decorative pavements, and other amenities are the final touches that complete a well-designed streetscape.

With Snyder & Associates’ expertise, our downtown streetscape improvements resulted in a project that was functional and sustainable yet unique to our community. The years of streetscape experience that Snyder & Associates brings to this specific type of project is truly invaluable!

- Clint Fichter
City Administrator, City of Avoca, Iowa