If properly executed, streetscaping can positively affect a community in multiple ways. Streetscaping incorporates principles of Complete Streets. Delaware’s Complete Streets policy strives to design, build, and maintain transportation systems to safely accommodate travelers of all ages and abilities—motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users.
Improvements to crosswalks, traffic control devices, treatments to assist persons with disabilities, bus-stop placement, safe routes to school, and traffic-calming can enhance safety and provide effective countermeasures to accidents. Streetscapes that provide greater mobility and access to transportation choice can also lead to more healthy and active lifestyles.
Attractive and inviting streetscapes that provide a safe built environment for pedestrians can help spur local economic activity. According to a report, Walking the Walk, walkability can help revitalize a downtown, increase private investment, and support the development of a good business climate. Pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-friendly streetscapes can be achieved by widening sidewalks, providing buffers along the street, and reducing the frequency for curb cuts.
Streetscapes can help increase the environmental sustainability by decreasing automobile dependency, minimizing traffic and congestion, and reducing carbon emissions.
Landscaping beautification encourages the enrichment of biodiversity in a community. Streetscapes also integrate and preserve bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and pond as well as other natural features in order to create biodiversity and a thriving ecosystem. The Mispillion River Greenway links both sides of the river and allows access to Milford’s central business district, historic properties, and residential areas.