Content on walkable streets

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?

‘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.

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