How To Be Car Free In Dallas

When I moved from Baltimore to Dallas, many people told me I’d have to buy a car in order to survive here. Taking a quick look at a map of DFW, I thought they were right. The metro sprawls in every direction.  Much of the […]

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The Difference Between Roads and Streets

The difference between roads and streets is often overlooked but important in creating livable cities.  Listen to any Bruce Springsteen song and you’ll probably hear a reference to “the street”. This is often accompanied by stanzas about how he spent a summer building a ’72 Challenger […]

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Donald Shoup and the Real Cost of Parking

Donald Shoup, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, on parking: “Just because the driver doesn’t pay for parking doesn’t mean the cost goes away. A little bit of every daily transaction has a little bit shaved off to pay for […]

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Crosswalks at Unsignalized Intersections

While researching various crosswalk treatments I came across a few research papers which questioned the common practice of using crosswalks as the sole safety treatment at unsignalized intersections.  FHWA’s “Safety Effects of Marked vs. Unmarked Crosswalks at Uncontrolled Locations” stood out by taking a nuanced […]

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How To Sell Complete Streets

I want to give a shout out to Spokane and their excellent North Monroe Corridor Project and website. Rarely do you see this much attention to detail given to making the case for a public project.  People not familiar with basic concepts of complete streets […]

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The Benefits of Being Car Free

When I sold my car in 2010 and began my car free lifestyle while living in Baltimore, I expected a little cost savings, a little more physical activity and a couple interesting stories from the experience. Instead, I got a life changing reduction in expenses, […]

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