Ol’ Time Traffic Engineering v. People

Here’s the conclusion:

The 20th-century model of traffic engineering is not only outdated, but is also downright hazardous to public health and economic development.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:

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Comments 4

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Similar idea in Strong Towns.
    http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2013/8/21/is-traffic-always-bad.html

    Posted 21 Aug 2013 at 8:46 am
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Thanks for the link, Andy. Good stuff.

    As it happens, I spent a fair amount of time in Hamburg, NY as a kid, as my grandparents lived there and I fled my parent’s home to their home whenever I could, as my grandfather, an immigrant from Naples, gave me run of his huge garden to plant my own little plot during the summers. Hamburg was a sleepy little place back in the sixties. Grandpop worked at the Tonawanda Chevy plant by day as a blue collar guy and grew enough vegetables and fruit by night to feed an army. Tough, energetic old guy.

    US 62 was definitely a way to get through Hamburg rather than to Hamburg. Seems that in terms of safety, they did the right thing. My grandparents lived slightly outside the villiage, so all I knew of US 62 was that it was a highway between my grandparent’s house and Buffalo Raceway, where the Erie County Fair used to be.

    Wow. That brought back stuff.

    Posted 21 Aug 2013 at 9:02 am
  3. RANTWICK wrote:

    The video was indeed fun and maddening as promised… kind of like many cycling debates!

    Posts here, of course, are neither. Just well reasoned and refreshing, I think.

    Posted 21 Aug 2013 at 10:37 am
  4. Khal Spencer wrote:

    More on Hamburg.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/nyregion/widen-main-st-community-had-other-ideas-and-thrived.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper

    Posted 21 Aug 2013 at 9:32 pm