Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Florida

Streets Without Sidewalks Are Killing Florida Pedestrians

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Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to Transportation for America. More than 5,100 people were killed while walking in the state between 2003 and 2010, and four Florida cities rated among T4A’s list of the most dangerous for walking. But to its credit, the Florida Department of Transportation is trying to change that. A new study […]

Massive Highway Expansion Threatens to Destroy Tampa Neighborhoods

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Most people still think of Tampa as a sprawling, car-centric town, but that is starting to change. In 2014, Smart Growth America [PDF] found that Tampa is shifting toward a more walkable development pattern. The city is starting to build out a bicycle network, and its Riverwalk project is bringing people out to stroll downtown. Tampa’s recent progress could be overwhelmed, however, […]

Huh? After Bailing Out Toll Road, Florida Wants to Expand It

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By any reasonable measure, the Suncoast Parkway in the Tampa Bay Area has been a complete failure. When it was first proposed, in 1992, consultants predicted the $507 million, 42-mile toll road from Hillsborough to Hernando County would fill up with cars — thanks to the sprawl everyone was sure would follow it. Consultants originally forecast $150 million in […]

Highway Boondoggles: Tampa Bay Express Lanes

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In a new report, Highway Boondoggles 2 (the original came out in 2014), U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group teamed up to profile the most wasteful highway projects that state DOTs are building. Streetsblog will be serializing the case studies in the report. Yesterday, we looked at Connecticut’s $11.5 billion I-95 widening. Today, we focus on a proposed $3.3 billion […]