Today’s Headlines

  • Poor People Pay for Parking Even When They Can’t Afford a Car (WaPo)
  • Law Requiring Michigan Cities to Pay for Highways Through Them May Be Overturned (Detroit News)
  • DC’s Purple Line Gets $875 Million TIFIA Loan (Bethesda Magazine)
  • Transit Industry Facing a “Workforce Cliff” With Retirements Looming (RT&S)
  • NHTSA Chief: Self-Driving Cars Need to Halve the Number of People Killed in Traffic (Claims Journal)
  • Detroit Ranks Third in Pace of Increasing Walkability (Michigan Radio)
  • Miami Changing Its Parking Rules to Promote Walkability (The Real Deal)
  • Oklahoma City Using Traffic Calming to Make Streets Safer (KFOR)
  • Record Ridership on Capital Bikeshare as Metro Safety Closures Begin (NBC Washington)
  • Atlanta Launches Small Bike-Share System (NextCity)

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Foreign correspondence from Ethan Kent at Project for Public Spaces: I was working in Flint, Michigan the first part of this week. Remarkably, for a city that was planned for everything but people, there are still some great people working to create a genuine "Steets Rennaissance." Flint originally built itself around the car and, after […]

Walkable Development Is on the Rise in Michigan

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As the cradle of the car industry, Michigan built out its cities and suburbs exclusively for the automobile after WWII with a fervor that few other states could match. Today the pendulum of public preference is swinging back toward walkability, but much of Michigan’s housing stock is stuck in the old model. Just 8 percent of homes in […]
One of Michigan DOT's new principles for its I-94 project in Detroit is to improve walking and biking access on the bridges that cross over the sunken highway. Photo: Google Maps

Highway Planners Pause to Consider the Effect of Road Widening on Detroit Neighborhoods

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Standard practice for the highway planners at state DOTs is to sacrifice all other concerns at the altar of fast car traffic. Nowhere has the effect been more obviously detrimental than Detroit, where the overbuilt freeway system helped hollow out one of America's largest cities. But highway planners in Michigan are starting to listen to people who say they want something different.

Detroit Breaks Ground on First Protected Bike Lane Project

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The Motor City is getting its first taste of on-street protected bike infrastructure. Work has begun on a street redesign that will bring Detroit its very first bike lane where parked cars will protect riders from motor vehicle traffic. The bike lane is part of a road diet for Jefferson Avenue in the historic Jefferson-Chalmers business district. […]