Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team Program (R/UDAT)

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The R/UDAT program helps transform communities by developing a citizen-led vision for a better future, with implementation strategies that produce results.

Why it works

We’ve been helping communities design their future and overcome unique challenges for more than 50 years.

Together, we find design solutions to tackle challenges including zoning, affordable housing, abandoned industrial spaces, neighborhood and commercial district revitalization and historic site preservation.

Our highly flexible R/UDAT process works for small towns, neighborhoods and cities.

The R/UDAT process generates creativity and new connections in a community. We engage diverse local expertise at all levels and provide an objective outside perspective.

How it works

Like every community, every R/UDAT process and team is unique.

The first step is talking with Communities by Design. Your community then forms a group to garner support and generate ideas before submitting a R/UDAT application.

We assemble a multidisciplinary team of experts, selected to address your specific needs. The R/UDAT team immerses itself in your community for four days, listening and gaining insight on the community. On the last day, the team presents a comprehensive report and recommendations at a public meeting.

The community then shares the R/UDAT report and uses it as a roadmap for implementation. Often, there are actions they can get started on immediately.

Get started

We’re always looking for ways to make the R/UDAT process work for you—including help with community support and funding. Read our comprehensive R/UDAT Guidebook to begin organizing your community to enter the R/UDAT process.

RUDAT - pronounced /roo dat/

Previous RUDAT projects

Community/Neighborhood Revitalization

Corpus Christi, Texas (2014)

Houston, Texas (2012)

Lake Havasu, Arizona (2007)

Prince Georges County, Maryland (1992)

Lincoln, Nebraska (1980)

Trenton, New Jersey (1977)

Birmingham, Alabama (1976)

Corridor Revitalization

Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana (2011)

Miami River Corridor, Miami, Florida (2010)

Disaster Recovery

The Rockaways, New York (2013)

Birmingham, Alabama (2011)

East Nashville, Tennessee (1999)

Lancaster, Texas (1995)

Downtown Revitalization

Rio Vista, California (2014)

Newport, Vermont (2009)

Petersburg, Virginia (2007)

Springfield, Ohio (2002)

Springfield, Illinois (2002)

Tacoma, Washington (1998)

Sioux City, Iowa (1997)

Waterbury, Connecticut (1993)

Bellingham, Washington (1992)

Hermosa Beach, California (1992)

Caldwell, Idaho (1991)

Austin, Texas (1991)

Brainerd, Minnesota (1989)

New London, Connecticut (1989)

Salt Lake City, Utah (1988)

Jacksonville, Florida (1985)

Howell, Michigan (1984)

Franklin, Virginia (1983)

Lynn, Massachusetts (1982)

San Bernardino, California (1981)

Stockton, California (1981)

Seattle, Washington (1981)

Rockford, Illinois (1980)

South End/Lower Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (1980)

Salisbury, Maryland (1980)

Louisville, Kentucky (1980)

Springfield, Illinois (1979)

Laredo, Texas (1978)

Bellaire, Texas (1978)

Medford/Spooner (1978)

Tacoma, Washington (1977)

Portsmouth, Virginia (1977)

Lansing, Michigan (1977)

West Palm Beach, Florida (1977)

Fort Smith, Arkansas (1977)

Bristol, Connecticut (1975)

Wichita Falls, Texas (1975)

Shreveport, Louisiana (1975)

Macon, Georgia (1975)

Lafayette, Indiana (1974)

Columbus, GA/Phenix City, Alabama (1974)

McMinnville, Oregon (1973)

Butte, Montana (1972)

Clearwater, Florida (1972)

Falls Church, Virginia (1971)

Davenport, Iowa (1970)

Lynn, Massachusetts (1969)

Frankfurt, Kentucky (1967)

Rapid City, South Dakota (1967)

Economic Development

Santa Rosa, California (1998)

Temple, Texas (1998)

Hilton Head, South Carolina (1995)

Las Cruces, New Mexico (1994)

Moose Jaw, Saskat. (1992)

San Angelo, Texas (1992)

Carlsbad, New Mexcio (1984)

Niagara Falls, New York (1984)

Gateway Development

Pleasant Grove, Utah (2006)

Route 83/77 Corridor, McAllen, Texas (1988)

Growth Management

Pilot Point, Texas (2013)

Pasadena, Texas (1993)

Northern Wood County, Ohio (1992)

Olympia, Washington (1990)

Lawrence, Massachusetts (1990)

Houston, Texas (1990)

Spartanburg, South Carolina (1988)

Naples, Florida (1987)

Bethel Island, California (1985)

Tucson, Arizona (1984)

Sarasota, Florida (1983)

Newport Beach, California (1983)

Healdsburg, California (1982)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (1982)

Hillsboro, Oregon (1980)

Kansas City, Missouri (1979)

Olympia, Washington (1979)

Oldham County, Kentucky (1978)

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan (1978)

Lafayette, Louisiana (1978)

Moore County, North Carolina (1976)

Gunnison County, Colorado (1976)

Lexington, Kentucky (1976)

Dalton, Georgia (1976)

Reno, Nevada (1975)

Long Branch, New Jersey (1975)

Warren County, Ohio (1974)

Wilson, North Carolina (1974)

Honolulu, Hawaii (1974)

Gainesville, Georgia (1972)

Fairfax County, Virginia (1972)

Livable Winter Cities

St. Albert, Alberta (1988)

Edmonton, Alberta (1986)

Model Cities Program

Flint, Michigan (1968)

Olympics Development

Atlanta, Georgia (1992)

Railyard Redevelopment

Santa Fe, New Mexico (1997)

San Francisco, California (1985)

Redevelopment Strategies

San Francisco, California (1984)

North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1990)

The Mon Valley, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1998)

Portland, Oregon (1983)

Sustainable Community Development

Seabrook Island, South Carolina (2012)

Washington, DC (Greening the Capitol) (2008)

Transportation/Transit Planning

North Tahoe/Truckee, California (1989)

Denver, Colorado (1976)

Urban Design & Development

Buffalo, New York (2001)

West Valley City, Utah (1997)

Pismo Beach, California (1989)

Ogden, Utah (1987)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1986)

Farmington, New Mexcio (1986)

Boise, Idaho (1985)

Albuquerque, New Mexico (1984)

Topeka, Kansas (1980)

Corpus Christi, Texas (1978)

Detroit, Michigan (1978)

Atlantic City, New Jersey (1975)

Hendersonville, Tennessee (1974)

Phoenix, Arizona (1974)

Ely, Minnesota (1970)

Akron, Ohio (1970)

Redmond, Washington (1969)

Mason, Wisconsin (1969)

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (1968)

Urban Parks/Open Space

New Orleans, Louisiana (1980)

Liberty Park, New Jersey (1977)

Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri (1976)

Vancouver, Washington (1975)

Visioning/Long-range Planning

Kingman, Arizona (1998)

Baytown, Texas (1990)

Fargo-Moorehead, Minnesota and North Dakota (1989)

San Ysidro, California (1987)

Missoula, Montana (1980)

Wilmington, Delaware (1980)

Waterfront Development

Staten Island, New York (2008)

Anderson, Indiana (1985)

New Rochelle, New York (1975)

World’s Fair Impact Analysis

Knoxville, Tennessee (1979)

Image credits

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Erin Simmons, AIA