Streets

Content on walkable streets

System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

‘Good bones’ are the key to good urbanism

Now we have two systems—one with good bones, completed about 100 years ago. The other, without good bones, comprises most of our metro areas.

Seeking more than a few good transportation engineers

The job is to design street networks as good and sustainable and resilient as the ones we built 100 years ago—better, if possible—and to train more than a few transportation engineers who are up to that task.

What is a livable community, anyway?

In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.

Streets for people, freeways, and a spectacular solution

Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream—most observers seem to consider the project a net plus for the city.

As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

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.

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. 

Our streets are overbuilt—we need an incremental approach

I was most struck by Mahogany Bay Village's street, which is packed dirt and sand lined by small buildings. This is the essence of Lean Urbanism.

Four types of placemaking

Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in.

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