Talking Headways Podcast: Les Rues Are Made for Walking

Last week, Smart Growth America brought us the bad news: More than 47,000 people died while walking between 2003 and 2012. Most victims are killed on high-speed arterial roads. A disproportionate number are elderly or racial minorities.

Paris showed us a powerful solution: The city is lowering its default speed limit to 30 kilometers per hour, or about 18 mph. Speed limits are already set at that level on about a third of the city’s streets. That’s good policy, and one cities around the world should be following.

Meanwhile, the New York Times informed us that as the housing market recovers, the vast majority of new construction is made up of multi-family housing — a major shift from the over-production of single-family homes that lasted for decades.

In this episode, Jeff and I process all of that and more. Find holes in our analysis in the comments. And don’t miss an episode: Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher or by signing up for our RSS feed.

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  • I think you guys said something about there being 2,000 single-family units to 80 or 90k multifamily in April, but the majority of development is still in fact multifamily, including for April. The share of multifamily to single family hit its highest level since before 2000 in December 2013, but even that was just shy of 50%. This excel file on the Census web page has all the data (check row 271 for the Dec 2013 data): http://www.census.gov/construction/bps/xls/table1a_cust.xls

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