The Right Metric for Infrastructure

The Right Metric for Infrastructure

Bad infrastructure can cost you wealth and diminish a place, but the world's greatest infrastructure will not raise the quality of an unloveable place one iota.

Almost half of Americans have dogs. Do they also need cars?

Almost half of Americans have dogs. Do they also need cars?

In early January, I adopted a dog. As with many rescue stories, we ended up with more dog than we anticipated, which has put me and my new neighborhood through a rigorous test. My dog has given me a tough decision: get a car, or become the neighbor I want to be.

Failure to Act (like professionals)

Failure to Act (like professionals)

According to their newest report, the American Society of Civil Engineers would have us believe that we're failing to act by not spending enough on infrastructure. This is false.

Everyone Knows We Have a Traffic Problem

Everyone Knows We Have a Traffic Problem

Most cities' "traffic problems" are actually problems with the qualitative experience of traffic, not with simple travel time or delay. Perhaps we need a "Traffic Frustration Index" instead of a Traffic Congestion Index.

Revisiting Engineering's Echo Chamber

Revisiting Engineering's Echo Chamber

America's engineering profession is deluding itself. In their own propaganda echo chamber, they are blaming society for the messes they helped create and perpetuate.

Strength Test #7: Does your town have real housing options?

Strength Test #7: Does your town have real housing options?

Question #7 on the Strong Towns Strength Test asks: Are there neighborhoods in your town where three generations of a family could reasonably find a place to live, all within walking distance of each other? In this article, we show you how to answer that question for your town and what to do if your answer is No.

Looking back: ASCE "Revises" Report

Looking back: ASCE "Revises" Report

We have collectively believed for so long that spending on infrastructure is the key to prosperity that we don't even bother to check if it really is.