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Posts in category “Transportation”

Danny Thomas Almost Killed Me

Adventures in walkability in Memphis.

Posted April 5th, 2019

This Suburb Won’t Become a Pedestrian Paradise

Car-dependent development muddles along. But some places could collapse.

Posted January 25th, 2019

Baby Boomers Aging In a Car-Dependent World

Don’t blame planners or bureaucrats for not anticipating a walkable environment for older folks. Look in the mirror.

Posted September 14th, 2018

Vermont’s $10,000 Gamble

Can the Green Mountain State pay new residents to settle there?

Posted June 29th, 2018

Why St Louis Built a Streetcar To Nowhere

Using transit to do economic development is very expensive.

Posted March 30th, 2018

Self-Driving Cars and the Hostile Takeover of Our Streets

An Uber self-driving car has killed a pedestrian. But the questions go beyond the safety of the new technology.

Posted March 23rd, 2018

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Gets Some Things Right

There’s lots to like, and it could have been much worse.

Posted February 2nd, 2018

Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly.

Posted January 19th, 2018

What Cities Can Learn From the Victorian Era

A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.

Posted August 25th, 2017

How to Stop a Terrorist Who’s Wielding a Car

Perhaps we can agree with George Washington University’s Christopher Leinberger and many …

Posted April 12th, 2017

The Allure of the DC Streetcar

The older technology makes the bus look obsolete.

Posted April 4th, 2017

Will Providence Regret Keeping a Divisive Urban Highway?

Some cities are replacing freeways with boulevards, but Rhode Island is putting commuters first.

Posted March 29th, 2017

How Employers Impose Their Own Growth Boundaries

The ‘Favored Quarters’ of Southern California have shifted over the years, but remain central to the region’s development.

Posted February 17th, 2017

Why Cities Are Demolishing Freeways

A new vision of the future puts people—not cars—first.

Posted February 10th, 2017

Why Walkability Matters

When did the car triumph over the pedestrian as a symbol of American freedom?

Posted August 21st, 2015

Taxi Trouble in Texas

Anti-Uber policies in conservative cities threaten the Lone Star state’s laissez faire reputation.

Posted December 10th, 2014

Indiana’s Toll Road Goes Bankrupt

America’s highway system needs more feedback mechanisms, before we build our states into bankruptcy.

Posted October 3rd, 2014