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The new science of traffic engineering

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes of travel.

As traffic deaths rise, blame engineering dogma

US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports.

Most walkable neighborhoods have highest premiums

A study of 21,000 single-family house sales in Austin, Texas, found the highest value premiums for walkability in the most walkable neighborhoods. 

The problem with Walk Score

How labels asphalt wastelands "highly walkable."

Streetcars still engines of economic development

The impact of streetcars on neighborhoods, development, and commercial districts has come up in several reports that I have come across recently.

Fitch: Cities outperform suburbs

Housing in cities centers have increased in value by 50 percent more than surrounding metro areas in the last two decades, according to the financial rating agency Fitch.

We don't really care about automobile accidents

After all the gruesome crashes, with countless little crosses lining the roadways, here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t really care. We don’t really care how many people die or are injured.

Over-wide streets? You may regret it

A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians.

More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.

Walkable urban places growing in Michigan

Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.

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