This week marks the annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. The occasion of this conference, my last two+ years of being away, and some recent visits, have given me time to reflect. Today’s post is the result.
The world of transportation may be changing rapidly, but the world of transportation funding certainly is not. Like a giant ship turning around very slowly, we still are loaded down with the baggage of thinking from 70 years ago. Sometimes it’s just too easy to point out the hypocrisy, but it still needs to be [...]
The following summary provides some important insight into suburban sprawl. First, how the lack of diversity in housing type in too many suburban communities is likely to impact the housing market in the coming decades. Plus, how the demographics for these areas are changing and what some of the likely remedies are for these dying [...]
It’s true, I’m not an engineer – I’m an architect. However, with all of our work in community planning over the years we’ve had to work hand-in-hand with engineers of all kinds. As a result, weâ€™ve learned a great deal about how our transportation systems are planned. For my engineering friends – yes, I hope [...]
Last week I commented on how many of our city streets suffer from the excess of pavement dedicated to cars moving quickly. This is especially true in older urban areas that have seen decades of street “improvements” which loosely translate into removing people from streets and adding space for fast-moving cars.