Thank you, Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics, for this righteous and oddly poignant look at the dangers — and drudgery — caused by auto-centric urban design. Bravo, sir. You should get an honorary urban planning degree for this.
No one can deny the tides are turning when it comes to how people in this country get around. While the majority still drive everywhere, they number fewer every day, with more people joining the ranks of the straphangers, bicyclists, and walkers. This country is waking up to what we can gain by investing in […]
In case you had any doubt, urban design matters. A new study led by a research team at University of California at Irvine shows that people walk more when their neighborhood is close to Main Street. The study found that residents of “traditionally designed” areas, with a downtown-style shopping district, were three times more likely […]
The group that brought you the Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the Urban Street Design Guide is expanding. The National Association of City Transportation Officials added Charlotte and Denver to its list of member cities this week, bringing the total to 18. In addition, NACTO has added Louisville, Kentucky, and Somerville, Massachusetts, to the list of 12 […]
There’s nothing quite like the prospect of a Wal-Mart to get communities thinking collectively about how development can impact their future. Because of the retail giant’s outsized footprint in the American economy and all that it has come to symbolize about sprawl, its progression into the urban market is bound to lead to some interesting […]
The connection between transportation reform — an emphasis on land use that makes biking and walking as viable as auto travel for routine trips — and health reform is one that’s not often made, despite the best efforts of the Obama administration. Even in traffic-choked Atlanta, denser residential neighborhoods had positive health effects. (Photo: MSNBC) […]
Do you know the most dangerous streets for pedestrians in your city? I think I do. Jon Geeting and his partner Daniel McGlone at Philadelphia blog This Old City have a better picture though. They actually mapped all the locations where pedestrians were killed between 2008 and 2012. Geeting says when they looked over the […]