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Transportation Engineers: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Note from planologie—I saw this comment by Planetizen user ConcernedAboutWinnipeg at the end of Alex Krieger’s article, “Being Urban Minded: Three Current Debates Around Urban Design Practice,” and thought it worth singling out. It seems like in any profession a rift inevitably forms between the creatives and the technicians, and that this silo-ing is especially pernicious when it affects entire populations. I’ve spoken with several transportation engineers who echoed ConcernedAboutWinnipeg’s sentiments, namely that most of them work within the paradigm they were taught, that awareness of the old paradigm’s destructiveness is spreading rapidly, and that the younger crop of transpo engineers have “seen the light.”
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Creating Car-Reduced and Car-Free Pedestrian Habitats

It will take a long time for the US to embrace pedestrians, bicycling, and electric carts as substitutes for cars in our communities. And yet an inevitable change is coming that will significantly increase environmental quality, and restore real community and economic viability. Changing legislation, master planning, and the development of car-reduced and car-free communities will move us forward, writes Greg Ramsey. Continue reading

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To Go Fare-Free or Not to Go Fare-Free: Is That Really the Question?

The current state of transit in America is deplorable. That’s not an opinion. The argument, then, becomes about how to improve both ridership and quality of service, with a growing sub-argument revolving around whether transit operations should work towards becoming fiscally productive or if transit should be perceived as a government-provided utility, like sewer lines and trash collection, and become fully fare-free. Continue reading

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