Content on walkable streets

Top 5 reasons you know you are in Big Asphalt …

You are surrounded by parking lots and pavement so vast you can see the curvature of the Earth.

What (and who) is Big Asphalt, and how does it harm America?

The sheer amount of pavement we lay down is compromising health, safety, and welfare. It is a barrier to livability, complete streets, sprawl repair, and meeting the demand for walkable places.

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot …

“Big Asphalt” has changed the face of America and compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.

The manual for tactical placemaking

A new book covers an emerging trend: Citizens experience urban placemaking in real time, building support for more livable communities in the long run.

Are you getting the change you want from the status quo?

The future of communities is being written by land-use regulations. If we want to intentionally author our future, we had better get busy and consider the options.

Good news, bad news: Placemaking marred by traffic engineering

Bridgeport, CT, is launching a large-scale redevelopment of an underutilized waterfront, but when will engineers understand human ecology?

Space required in cars and on foot

Cars are space hogs. That goes double when you consider the multiple parking spaces that each car requires.

Dallas-Fort Worth is a laboratory for placemaking

The region is at a crossroads between Texas-sized sprawl and connected, walkable neighborhoods. Every national issue on land use and transportation is playing out in DFW and will be debated at CNU.

Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Can a licensed engineer question the appalling safety record resulting from standard industry practices and be allowed to remain in the industry?

System A and System B

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

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