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We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

Is the engineering profession institutionally and intellectually prepared for a world in which we recognize that we need to slow down cars on urban streets? Revisiting one of our best podcast episodes of all time, in which Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn asks this question.

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

I keep thinking about the efficiency of the human body. Each model year comes equipped with space-saving design, lots of leg-room, built-in entertainment features, and is bio-fuel-compatible with generally limited emissions.

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

I keep thinking about the efficiency of the human body. Each model year comes equipped with space-saving design, lots of leg-room, built-in entertainment features, and is bio-fuel-compatible with generally limited emissions. On foot, we are nimble, responsive, and shaped to maximize the utilization of space. A crowd of people is not a traffic jam, it’s a party!

Wide Streets as a Tool of Oppression

Wide Streets as a Tool of Oppression

Wide, straight, monumental streets have always served the interests of those in power. They allow for the mobilization of military force, subordinate the unplanned chaos of the city to grandiose visions, and have been used to dispossess and displace small businesses, the poor, and racial and political minorities.

Right-Sizing Akron's Kenmore Boulevard

Right-Sizing Akron's Kenmore Boulevard

Akron, Ohio is tackling its stroad problem, one oversized boulevard at a time. “Right-sizing” this neighborhood main street will make it safer and more inviting and hospitable for small businesses.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Street

Tell Us About Your Favorite Street

Your town's streets are its vital organs. A great street can make a place, and a badly-designed street can kill a place. We want you to tell us about a street you love that makes your town a stronger, more resilient place.

Safety For Whom?

Safety For Whom?

A Strong Towns member’s original research on where pedestrians are and are not hit by vehicles in his city of Rockford, Illinois, makes clear that street design matters. A lot.

The Power of Gridded Streets

The Power of Gridded Streets

One man’s quest to find the equation proving the value of gridded streets leads him down some interesting roads.