We’re excited to share a brand new opportunity in partnership with our friends at AARP and the nonprofit organization Public Allies. They’re teaming up to help make communities more livable and inclusive through a new Livable Communities Corps which will be implemented by Public Allies in five regions to create safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
Living Streets Alliance has been chosen as one of the host sites for two service members; one to serve as an Open Streets Sustainability Fellow and the other to serve as a Tactical Urbanism Research Fellow.
The Livable Communities Corps initiative is looking for 10 motivated individuals to make a 10-month, full-time commitment. Each will be tasked to deliver a defined livability project that has a measurable impact on building the organizational and administrative capacity of a community’s livability work.
Individuals of all ages, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to apply (via Public Allies):
- Candidates must be available to serve full-time from mid-March to December 2020
- Applications are due February 14, 2020
In return for their service, Livable Communities Corps members will receive:
- A modest living allowance ($18,700.00 for the 10 month service term)
- Health benefits
- Childcare support
- Interest-free student loan deferments
- A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or stipend upon the completion of service
- Personal coaching, support and leadership development training
- Additionally, AmeriCorps members are eligible for several public resources such as food assistance.
Brief Position Descriptions
Open Streets Sustainability Fellow: Living Streets Alliance has managed the popular open streets program, known as Cyclovia Tucson, since 2012, expanding the program to include 2 events per year and averaging 80,000 participants from every zip code in Tucson. The program removes cars from a network of streets on a Sunday for 6 hours so that people can bike, walk, and explore their city. Gil Peñalosa was an AARP Livable Communities National Conference keynote speaker in 2016 and advises cities with open streets programs to institutionalize the support for these programs in order to expand them and offer them monthly. So far, LSA has maxed capacity at two events per year but would like to expand to 4-6 events per year. Furthermore, jurisdictions around the state have inquired with LSA as to how to bring these programs to their communities and we would like to help make that happen.
The Open Streets Sustainability Fellow will help LSA develop strategies to expand Cyclovia Tucson to 4-6 events per year and to be prepared to teach other communities how to create successful open streets programs.
Specific tasks that the Fellow will be asked to complete include:
- Observing and documenting the current process for Cyclovia Tucson events so that we may build on existing structure to plan additional events
- Connecting with and learning from other cities who have successful open streets programs, documenting and sharing findings
- Developing a system to capture participants stories and testimonials of the Cyclovia census
- Outlining a plan for expanding Cyclovia events
- Producing a toolkit for communities to replicate open streets programming
Tactical Urbanism Research Fellow: In 2017, Living Streets Alliance received an AARP Community Challenge grant to implement Tucson’s first tactical urbanism intersection to demonstrate how lighter, quicker, cheaper (LQC) interventions on public streets can calm traffic and convert an abundance of asphalt into quality public space. Since the intervention, interest in expanding these types of projects to other parts of the city, including neighborhoods, has skyrocketed. There is also support from the City of Tucson Transportation Department to fast track these LQC projects. Yet, there is currently no formal process to guide neighborhoods and community groups to apply for these projects and implement them nor are there any resources to assist them. Furthermore, there is no formal matrix or assessment tool to ensure these projects and resources, once they are made available, are delivered equitably to the places that need them most.
The Tactical Urbanism Research Fellow will create an application process and develop recommendations for a new program the public can use to request and implement LQC projects in their neighborhoods and communities.
Specific tasks that the fellow will be asked to complete include:
- Researching and comparing best practices from different communities that have established successful LQC programs and briefing Living Streets Alliance staff on the findings by creating a summary report of the programs
- Shadowing a neighborhood going through the existing LQC process and documenting the experience
- Developing recommendations to create a process to expand Tucson’s neighborhood traffic calming program to include community-driven LQC projects.
Livable Communities Corps members generally will not provide direct services. Instead, their duties may include partnership development, building and designing community programs, recruiting and training volunteers, and launching new and innovative projects.
Corps members will serve at different sites around the country and meet virtually once a week for Public Allies-led leadership development training, mentoring, coaching and support in achieving personal and professional goals.