Debate Rages Over Cul-de-Sacs

Proponents say cul-de-sac streets provide safety and serenity. Opponents say they are isolating and ironically dangerous to the children they purport to protect. This key American-Dream icon is increasingly in the crosshairs of progressive planners.

This NPR story reveals both sides of a growing debate on the pros and cons of a still-popular American ideal, the cul-de-sac street. Though still counterintuitive to many (especially those that still live on cul-de-sacs for their safety and quiet), new research shows that these dead-end streets are not so safe and serene. Researchers into the dangers of cul-de-sacs find, for example, many cases of terrible accidents involving driving parents backing over their own children, who were playing in the "safe" driveways and street.

Thanks to Evan Lowenstein

Full Story: Cul-de-Sacs: Suburban Dream or Dead End?

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