Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
This column expands on issues raised in a previous Planetizen blog, "Mythbusting: Exposing Half-Truths That Support Automobile Dependency," which examined criticisms of cycling facility investments and justifications for automobile-oriented planning.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 9:25pm PST
Some commentators recently expressed outraged that governments spend money on cycling facilities. Their arguments are largely wrong, I’ll call them "half-truths" to be charitable, presented with great certitude and self-righteous anger.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 9:07am PST
PolitiFact holds politicians accountable for their claims, but how accountable is PolitiFact? Not very. It inaccurately answered a simple planning question, and was unwilling to clarify or correct its false judgment.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 3:19am PST
Contrary to popular assumptions, large, transit-oriented cities have lower crime rates than smaller, automobile-oriented cities. Jane Jacobs was right! This column discusses this phenomenon and its implications for transport and land use planning.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:43am PDT
Abu Dhabi is updating its strategic development plan. Consultant Todd Litman reports on the city's recent urban planning charrette.
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 1:56pm PDT
Good planning requires clear problem and goal statements. Calling a problem an “issue” is ambiguous, which is a real problem.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 9:54pm PDT
Conventional transportation planning tends to exaggerate congestion costs and roadway expansion benefits, and undervalues other transportation solutions such as improving alternative modes, pricing reforms and smart growth policies.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:31am PDT
Planners are futurists, but with less pretension and jargon. Our work requires predicting how current trends are likely to affect future conditions and activities, and how communities should prepare. For example, let's predict self-driving cars.
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 2:31pm PDT
Many people believe that cities are dangerous due to exaggerated fears of urban crime. Cities are actually far safer and healthier than suburban and rural locations, and smart growth policies can further enhance their safety and health advantages.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:19am PDT
Critics claim that smart growth policies are ineffective at reducing vehicle travel and achieving intended to objectives. This column critiques their arguments.
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:13am PDT