One of the most remarkable sights in New York City these days is the transformation of Broadway in the Times Square district from a traffic-jammed artery to a car-free zone, where pedestrians reign. What’s behind this change?
Streets & Roads
How to best deal with cars, trucks, and the street network has long been a major preoccupation of planners — as the many articles we've published on this attest!
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In this post , you’ll get a fresh look at transportation “level of service standards,” with insights from long-time transportation engineer Gary Toth, now with the Project for Public Space.
This post’s title is the question that was at the heart of a fascinating two-day workshop organized by the Project for Public Spaces.
If you walk through most North American cities you’ll find yourself on that very familiar grid of streets — usually intersecting at 90 degree angles. But did you ever think about where the grid street pattern originated?
One of the most important issues facing cities and towns is traffic safety. One key question is the extent to which the reduction in speeds can reduce accidents and injuries. Results from a recent British study shed some light on this.
Robert Parry, Director of the Westlake, Ohio, Department of Planning & Economic Development on his city’s limitations on cul-de-sacs.
Interestingly, one of The New York Times’ “top ideas of 2009” is Virginia’s new rules law that limit use of cul-de-sacs in future developments.
A fairly radical new concept in transportation planning emerged a few years ago in the Netherlands, and has rapidly caught on in Europe. It’s called “shared space.” At its core, this means allowing cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists to share the same space.
Troy, Michigan, is a spread out, auto-oriented suburb northwest of downtown Detroit. You’ll find many elements typical of the suburbs that boomed in the 1970s and ’80s. But Troy has felt the impact of the sharp decline of the automotive industry. A look at how Troy’s planners have responded.
Transportation planners know how critical it is to assess safety issues. But what can we do if a strategy to improve safety for one group of roadway users, such as drivers, has the unintended effect of decreasing safety for others, such as pedestrians?
An amazing, student-initiated art project along 1200 feet of U.S. Route 322 at the gateway to Meadville, Pennsylvania shows how college, community, and even a state department of transportation, can creatively work together.
The automobile enabled creation of multi-million-person urban areas spread thinly over vast regional areas — and shaped the character of the 20th century American city.
Transportation planner Hannah Twaddell discusses key questions to ask when thinking about the need for a bypass highway.