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The Benefits of Closing a Street

The Benefits of Closing a Street

What if we moved beyond temporary "open streets" events and used what we learned there to make lasting changes to our street design?

It's not just an accident

It's not just an accident

Car-centric policy dominates our legal system and the way police conduct business. And it's not holding people truly responsible.

Avoiding Another Flint

Avoiding Another Flint

This is how we do business in America. We’ve dedicated our resources to building new things with little regard to fixing it first.

This isn't an annexation. It's a bailout.

This isn't an annexation. It's a bailout.

This story is not unique: a mid-sized Minnesota town is preparing to adopt a 50-year-old neighborhood. As the neighborhood struggles to pay for long-term maintenance on its roads and pipes, it seems like neither annexation nor autonomy will really solve the problem.

The Fight for Pedestrian Safety

The Fight for Pedestrian Safety

The American transportation system is designed at every corner to favor the automobile, and it's a system that needs to end.

The Fight for Pedestrian Safety

The Fight for Pedestrian Safety

Getting even modest pedestrian improvements can be an uphill battle. We have a design bias and process that is inherently unfriendly to pedestrians and bicycles. 

Wasted: Before & After 125 Million Dollars

Wasted: Before & After 125 Million Dollars

The structural problem in our road building system is that we’ve based these large financial decisions on faulty premises and inaccurate estimations. We’ve justified and enabled the subsidizing of less efficient forms of development through the aid of cost-benefit analysis. The 494 /169 interchange looks great on paper at first glance. It’s going to create jobs, handle more traffic, help the economy, and save time.

Going Viral: A Suburban Engagement (Photoshoot)

Going Viral: A Suburban Engagement (Photoshoot)

Engagement photos are either urban or rural. They are either a former factory or a leafy meadow, the brick wall of a forgotten factory or an empty beach. Never the subdivision. Never the cul-de-sac.