Better Streets Plan earned the 2011 Charter Award from the Congress for New Urbanism and the 2011 Best Practice Award from both the Northern California Section and California Chapter of the American Planning Association. The transformative plan was created by a multidisciplinary city agency and consultant team. Nelson\Nygaard supported Community Design + Architecture on the technical street design work and led the innovative community outreach.

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the 2011 Best Transit Map Award to Nelson\Nygaard for their Regional Transit Map and Timetable in Portland. Noted for its coordination of multiple providers in a single map, it was developed by the PACTS Transit Operators in cooperation with GPCOG and Nelson\Nygaard.