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Defending urban freeways at all costs ignores the potential of cities

When freeways are dismantled, economic and social benefits often follow. A mid-20th Century mechanistic view fails to understand such outcomes.

New Orleans, San Francisco, other cities make 'Freeways Without Futures' list

The realization is growing that highways do not fit in an urban context and that solutions like at-grade boulevards can serve roughly the same number of cars while creating walkable, livable communities.

How the complete streets movement took hold

Communications and coalition-building were key to adopting 500 complete streets policies nationwide. Now we need to implement those policies.

Missing the forest for the stroad

What is happening on Robert Street is simply the inertia of a broken system. Instead of spending tens of millions on a sub-optimal improvement, we should be done nothing.

FHWA embraces CNU/ITE street design guide

Last month, the Federal Highways Administration released a memorandum officially endorsing CNU/ITE’s manual Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach. 

How I learned to stop worrying and love major streets

While I dislike noisy suburban arterials just as much as the next guy, I realized that retail will work better on busy streets and that we can make them nice places. 

Roads and streets in St. Peter

We desperately need a more sophisticated understanding of the difference between a road and a street.

The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

Putting the brakes on the Orlando-Casselberry flyover

“Flyovers are rarely constructed where there is economic wealth and development, and they tend to cause blight and have a chilling effect on economic development and property values,” says Richard Birdoff.

The Flamingo Park neighborhood's valiant struggle against Florida DOT

This started out as just another shameful story of a DOT ramming their over-engineered highway through a neighborhood, but the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association just might be turning the tables.

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