• Vehicles miles declining relative to GDP

    While vehicles miles traveled (VMT) have risen in 2015 in the last three years after nine years of historic lows, the nation is still in a 20-year downward trend relative to economic growth, according to Chris McCahill of the State Smart Transportation Initiative. "The number of miles driven per $1...Read more
  • Band-Aid or coffin?

    Speed of automobiles is a critical factor in determining whether a street feels safe and comfortable for people outside of motor vehicles. This graphic illustrates why, in symbols that bring home the point very clearly. People on the street, in the public realm, sense intuitively that vehicles...Read more
  • How policy shapes communities

    As we head into CNU 25.Seattle next week, it's important to remember that the sprawling built environment that makes up most of our metropolitan areas is not the result of poor design or the free market alone. This slide by Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, who will be in Seattle, makes clear that public...Read more
  • Form-based code with step-backs

    Architect Laurence Qamar recently created a series of step-back proposals for the Woodstock Corridor In Portland, Oregon, illustrated above. "Instead of the boxy, ungainly 'space invaders' that have bedeviled other parts of the city, Qamar’s step-back code would assure that buildings step down to...Read more