Case Studies

Across the United States, many cities have already come to the conclusion that Complete Neighborhoods should be a priority for the health and well-being of their communities going forward. Given that there is not one single way to create Complete Neighborhoods, the strategies employed to create Complete Neighborhoods have looked quite different across the communities you are able to find them in – from transit-oriented development to neighborhood planning efforts and more. Below you can read about a few of the examples we have observed across the United States. We expect this list is likely to grow and hope to see other communities here soon.

Places on The Move

Communities in the process of building complete neighborhoods.

Portland, OR

As part of the 2012 Portland Plan, the city adopted Complete Neighborhoods as a goal for their comprehensive plan. They are one of the first cities to develop a criteria and methodology for evaluating the ‘completeness’ of neighborhoods.

Minneapolis, MN

In order to advance their comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040, they identified complete neighborhoods as a strategy for advancing their transit-oriented development strategy goals as a means of reducing their climate impact by increasing density and walkability.

Hayward, CA

As part of Hayward’s 2040 general plan, the city has designed and adopted a robust Complete Neighborhoods land use policy as a goal for addressing the historic zoning regulations which have resulted in the seperation of amenities able to be utilized by their citizens.

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Tomorrow, the city’s most recent comprehensive plan, establishes Complete Neighborhoods as the first of four building blocks. They evaluate Complete Neighborhoods through the preservation and enhancement of the amenities and services throughout the city.

Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority establishes Complete Neighborhoods as the goal of their Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit in order to promote Transit Oriented Communities.

Denver, CO

In Blueprint Denver, the city identifies Complete Neighborhoods as their vision for 2040. They propose a land use and transportation plan designed to build an inclusive city through connecting Complete Neighborhoods with complete transportation networks.