The Streets of Paris

The Streets of Paris

The United States isn’t France, but there are still plenty of lessons to be learned—and myths to be busted—by looking at the way their streets are designed to build wealth.

Plan for Spontaneity

Plan for Spontaneity

It’s a paradox, but cities can set the stage for the unscripted. These playful surprises cater both to young and the young-at-heart, and they endear the community to visitors and residents alike.

Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen’s famous biking culture—over 3 out of every 5 commutes are by bike—is lauded internationally as an achievement for the environment, public health, and—we’d add—fiscal sustainability alike. But they didn’t get there just by building bike lanes.

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

We’ve been taught that a growing city inevitably needs wider highways. Even those who oppose specific road projects often accept this premise. But is it actually true?

You Can't Make It Up

You Can't Make It Up

When my school district proposed tearing down buildings for parking, I and others suggested there were more creative and less destructive ways to solve these problems. We were scoffed at, and we lost. Hate to say, “I told you so,” but….

The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian

The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian

If your goal is to promote public safety, design streets for the humans you have, not the perfectly obedient ones you wish you had.

Why Does Infrastructure Cost So Much?

Why Does Infrastructure Cost So Much?

Why does infrastructure cost so much to build in the U.S.? The fundamental reasons aren’t technical. We’ve structured our postwar economy to use overspending on infrastructure as a way to induce short-term growth.

Micro-Mobility Still Has a Range Problem

Micro-Mobility Still Has a Range Problem

The reality for most of us is that “last mile” transportation options like e-scooters and e-boards, which imply connectivity to other forms of public transit, really mean nothing when public transit either isn’t adequate or doesn’t exist.