Streets & Roads

illustration by Paul Hoffman

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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Corridors Through Our Communities

From the old riverboat world of the Mississippi to the crowded arterials of today’s cities and towns, transportation corridors have played a critical role in American life. Hannah Twaddell explains why planning for our corridors makes sense.

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Making the Connection

The benefits of “street connectivity” have received growing attention from planners. Hannah Twaddell looks at what’s behind this interest in interconnected streets.

School crossing sign

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School programs are being implemented in communities across the country. Transportation planner Hannah Twaddell provides a primer on “SR2S.”

Typical commercial strip roadway corridor

Controlling Strip Development

One of the most common problems facing planners is how to deal with commercial strip development along major road corridors. Some approaches communities can consider to better deal with strip development.

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Road Design: A Turn Ahead

Too often new roadways have been designed to be wider and straighter, without much consideration being given to the character of the surrounding community. In recent years, however, there has been a gradual turn towards more thoughtful, “context sensitive” roadway design.