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Multimodal station and plan spur town’s revival

Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois—the first TIGER project to break ground four years ago—spurred impressive growth in transit and mixed-use private downtown investment.

How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

Transit: land use is key

Land-use policy allowing people to live in mixed-use neighborhoods has the biggest impact on US transit, according to pro-transit group.

High hopes for a more walkable America

Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.

A computerized method to judge streetscape quality

The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 

How sprawl, inadequate transit worsen unemployment

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.

Biking is empowerment

A fair number of whites commute by bike in Memphis, but a much larger percentage of African Americans do so.

Compact and connected communities improve public health

We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three academic studies demonstrate health benefits, too.

Young and educated flocking to close-in neighborhoods

Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a report

Compact street networks support better health

The study published in the Journal of Transport & Health shows lower levels of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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