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Adding Value Through Better Street Designs

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Adding Value Through Better Street Designs

    2010.04.06

    http://www.aplaceofsense.com

    Before we can rebuild our urban areas, we must first admit we have a problem. Our streetscapes are shockingly deficient. Other than a few interesting places and neighborhoods, the truth is that people would rather live elsewhere.

    We can’t fix our urban areas by limiting choice, only by expanding it. We must focus on improving urban areas by reforming urban policies rather than criticizing suburban policy. Our zoning and development codes, not to mention our urban transportation standards, are based on bad assumptions from 60 years ago. They need to be ripped from the shelves and scrapped if they don’t actively encourage streetscapes like the examples below:

    READ MORE: http://www.aplaceofsense.com/index.php/2010/04/adding-value-through-better-street-designs/

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Another good read:

    Making Streets for Walking: Dan Burden on Reforming Design Standards
    by Noah Kazis on April 8, 2010

    One of the foundational documents in our country’s history of car-centric street design is what’s known as the Green Book. These engineering guidelines, which have been published in various editions by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) since the 1930s, are only “green” if you’re looking at the cover.

    Inside, the Green Book codifies an anti-urban design approach that transportation engineers have followed to disastrous effect in American cities and towns, creating wide streets where cars rule, speeding is the norm, and the greenest modes of travel have no place. While its recommendations are only advisory, the Green Book is often treated as gospel, implanting ideas like the “85th percentile” standard, which dictates that streets should be designed to “forgive” the 15th-fastest driver out of every hundred on the road. In the words of former Maryland transportation chief James Lighthizer, this is like building streets as though “everyone on the road is a drunk speeding along without a seatbelt.”

    READ MORE: http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/04/08/making-streets-for-walking-dan-burden-on-reforming-design-standards/

    #360351

    JonMyers
    Participant

    Great posts Walker.

    They remind me in spirit of all the work on street design and programming streets (cars, people, etc..) in Colombia.

    http://www.pps.org/info/newsletter/feb08/bogota_colombia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciclov%C3%ADa

    The developing world clearly gets the value of better street design and programming. It’ll be cool when we catch up in the states.

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