• Streets are social and economic engines, not just car routes

    The transportation engineering toolbox is missing key tools when it comes to traditional cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
    Streets serve vital economic and social functions. Only in the 20th Century did the designers of streets place priority on the movement of motor vehicles—often to the exclusion of economic and social purposes of thoroughfares. Engineers will tell you exactly how many cars and trucks are expected to...Read more
  • 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