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The Fundamental Ingredients of Great Streets

Author: Jeff Raser Street corridors are the connective tissue of our cities – for pedestrians and bicyclists just as much as motor vehicles. Yet, most streets in America weren’t designed with the pedestrian at the forefront of the street engineer’s mind. That’s because, since soon after World War II, we allowed the concerns of drivers to trump the concerns of everyone else. CNU’s Charter Principle #23 states: “Streets and squares should be safe, comfortable, and interesting to the pedestrian. Properly configured, they encourage walking and enable neighbors to know each other and protect their communities.” However, in much of our country – including the Midwest – in order to rebuild America’

Retaining Walkability Through Growth - Georgetwon, KY

Author: Joe Kane Georgetown Kentucky has long protested the characterization of itself as a bedroom community for Lexington. Georgetown is located twelve miles north of the major city in the region, Lexington. Georgetown is often competing for respect from Lexington whose population of about 300,000 people is ten times that of Georgetown. Georgetown adopted a growth boundary in the 1980’s in order to keep its urban edge from creeping southward to join that of Lexington’s. That goal of maintaining its identity is often at odds with the desire to bring the modern amenities that a growing small sized city like Georgetown needs to mature. Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky, has been the fastes

Red Paint and Policy

Author: Austin Gibble “How do we make the bus sexy?” That’s a question I field quite frequently in my position. This question comes up along with, “Why aren’t we building rail/subways/elevated trains?” or, “Autonomous vehicles and Hyperloop/The Boring Company are going to change everything, why are we investing in transit at all?” The United States has long held a cultural obsession with “the next big thing,” despite the history of transportation shifts being long-term and incremental. What has emerged in recent years is an accelerated pace at which these incremental changes occur. In the past decade, there have been changes in the transportation landscape at a rapid pace (however, the viabi

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