The Use of Digitally Enhanced Photographs to Improve Public Participation: A Case Study of Muenster Texas

Digitally enhanced photography was utilized to increase the quality and ease of public participation in a highway landscape design project in Muenster, Texas. The City of Muenster was awarded a Governor’s Community Achievement Award to use for landscape aesthetics. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) district office responsible for the city used the opportunity to coordinate with the city to combine the award with efforts to achieve American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance along Muenster’s Main Street, which is also a state road. Landscape architects with the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) were given the task of designing alternatives for the project with community input. To encourage public discussion and input, TTI researchers used digitally enhanced photographs of Main Street to present the design alternatives. The paper describes the project, its goals, issues of concern, and constraints faced by the design team in formulating alternatives for city stakeholders. It discusses the use of the digitally enhanced photographs as a tool in the public participation portion of the project. Use of this technique was found to significantly enhance the design process and allow citizens to readily visualize the design alternatives and provide good feedback to the project team.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Eighth National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 18-20, 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2007 12:33PM