Neighborhood Design Prompted Speed Hump Homicide

Grist digs deeper into the Virginia Speed Hump murder - showing how the street configuration of the suburban neighborhood may have contributed to the rage, and why it's unlikely to see more neighborhoods like it in the future.
September 20, 2010, 7am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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See Planetizen: Virginia Speed Bump Leads to Neighborhood Activist's Murder.

Was the homicide an extension of road-rage caused by the installation of the speed hump? Grist transportation reporter Sarah Goodyear notes that if the neighborhood was constructed in more of a grid layout, there would not have been a need for the traffic calming sought by the victim.

"A Google map view of Field Master Drive, where Carr (the victim) lived, shows a typical suburban pattern of cul-de-sacs and quiet residential streets, with a couple of major roads slicing through. Field Master Drive looks like a main route between two of those larger arterials...

It's a development style that has been shown to increase congestion on the main roads and speeding on the few side streets that provide some connection, rather than leading to a dead end. Streets like Field Master Drive.

Just last year, the state of Virginia announced it would not maintain streets in new subdivisions unless they were laid out with a design that links homes, stores, schools, and other destinations. The aim is to encourage a different style of development, one that would have fewer traffic jams, better access for emergency vehicles, and more walkable neighborhoods."

Thanks to Daily Grist

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Published on Thursday, September 16, 2010 in Grist
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