With recent threats to TIGER funding proposed by congress, Karrie Jacobs responded with a piece for Architect Magazine discussing the detrimental effects that such budget cuts could have, using SCAPE’s Town Branch Commons project in Lexington, Kentucky as a case study in funding innovation. TIGER, which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, was launched at the beginning of the Obama administration to fund innovative transportation projects around the country. Last year, Town Branch Commons was awarded $14.1 million through a TIGER grant- a significant funding source for the project which would help create 3.3-miles of pedestrian and bike trails, parks, and public spaces. Without TIGER funding, other innovative urban improvement projects would be threatened.
Read Jacobs’ full article here.