The 20th-century model of traffic engineering is not only outdated, but is also downright hazardous to public health and economic development. Every year, communities around the world are demonstrating that there is another way. Treating a community’s streets like a sewage system that flushes cars through quickly and efficiently has been a disastrous experiment. How many more towns and cities will be gutted before the standards that Marohn learned in engineering school are scrapped?
Now go read the article.
Much of the street-scaping being done in Springfield’s urban core appears to me to fit exactly the positive model discussed in the article. Campbell Ave. downtown is a much nicer place to walk following the work that was recently completed. My guess is this work may have a positive impact on the businesses along Campbell and encourage others to move into some of the vacant spaces in the area.
This is funny and infuriating all at the same time: