• Spokane can avoid a big mistake

    There is no compelling reason to build a five-mile freeway through the east side of the city, according to engineer Ian Lockwood. A boulevard would do the job better.
    DOT released its Every Place Counts Design Challenge report yesterday, based on workshops in Spokane, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis-St. Paul last summer. CNU helped organize those workshops, set up to explore mitigation of Interstate highways that have historically damaged minority and...Read more
  • Providence freeway has a future

    The good news: The highway will be improved. The bad news: The boulevard idea is officially dead.
    While working on CNU’s upcoming semi-annual Freeways Without Futures report, we learned that one of the candidate highways, the 6-10 Connector in Providence RI, now has a future. The highway that divides a half dozen neighborhoods in West Providence will be rebuilt, according to a compromise plan...Read more
  • Social hubs for auto-autos

    New Urbanism has an opportunity to influence where self-driving vehicles take us—which could be social hubs in a polycentric city.
    Transportation moves people to destinations. Then it moves the destinations. When railroads were first introduced, a few visionary railroad tycoons made fortunes making Chicago a national hub. When the middle class took up cars, a few futurists like Norman Bel Geddes realized that they could sell...Read more
  • In urban America, transit consensus is stronger than ever

    The urban support for public transit keeps growing, with expansion plans approved this week in metro areas big and small in many parts of the US.
    We have no idea what a Trump administration will mean for cities. Given the conflicting promises Trump made as a candidate, such as boosting infrastructure spending while eliminating the national debt, he probably doesn’t know either. But one thing is clear: The urban consensus around public...Read more