Category Archives: transportation

Downtown: A New American Dream

The documentary is done(ish)! DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream premieres this Saturday at 1:00 at The Moxie. This is the final rough cut of the film. We have a few minor things to fix before we begin submitting it to film festivals. Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban design, urban life, Urban Planning, walking

Take the OTO Transportation Survey

The Ozarks Transportation Organization is gathering public input on transportation projects. Click here to take the survey. Two disappointing things: 1. Many of the projects listed in the survey involve increasing capacity by widening roads. The problem: It doesn’t work. Increasing capacity does not ease congestion. This fact has been well established (although you can […]

Submit or Be Damned

Do as you’re told. Submit to authority. No matter what. Even if you have the facts on your side. Even if you have reason on your side. Even if you have experts on your side. Even if you have morality on your side. This is America today on our streets. Drive a car or stay […]

Our LOS(S)

Todd Litman examines the concept of “level of service” in traffic engineering — the idea that streets and roads be designed to mitigate traffic congestion and delay. He writes: This significantly affects transportation and urban planning decisions, and therefore our lives. In practice, the results are often perverse: this indicator favors wider roads with higher […]

The Eternal Season

That would be silly season. You know, that special time of year (two times, really) that one can expect the unexpected on Springfield’s streets because the city is full of new college students operating various vehicles in ways that are, quite often, horrifying and dangerous. Also amusing. I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow: Shooting […]

The Road From Here

Proposed Amendment 7 lost in a squeaker yesterday. Good. Missouri’s roads and bridges need fixing — badly. And this money was going to help get things moving in that direction (including some bicycle and pedestrian projects). The amendment was the result of many months of trying to figure out the best way to raise money […]