Pedestrian Friendly

Feature
July 31, 2015, 5am PDT
Josh Whitehead, planning director of the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning & Development (OPD), discusses competing with suburbs, implementing a new zoning code, and redeveloping, for a second time, historic streetcar corridors.
Josh Stephens
November 6, 2014, 11am PST
With a plan to add diagonal crosswalks at several intersections in Los Angeles on the table, will the recent shift toward pedestrian friendly streets be enough to make the idea stick?
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2014, 1pm PST
Efforts to reshape Downtown Denver to complement the recently re-opened Union Station have now taken to the streets.
The Denver Post
April 24, 2013, 12pm PDT
In case you need yet another reason to traverse the Atlantic Ocean, the Times has published several articles on the pleasures of walking through Europe.
The New York Times
October 26, 2012, 6am PDT
Who should be required to take the first step in suburban retrofitting? The city, in the form of providing walkable, bikeable streets, or developers, by conforming to pedestrian-oriented building standards?
PlaceShakers
July 16, 2012, 2pm PDT
Christopher Hawthorne completes his second installment in an ongoing series examining the transformation of Los Angeles through the lens of its famous boulevards. This entry focuses on the most famous street in the city - Sunset Boulevard.
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
September 4, 2011, 10am PDT

For a while now, I've wondered if we have been mislabeling the development around well functioning transit stops as transit-oriented developments (TODs). This may seem odd, because numerous studies have shown that property values can increase by 20% to 40% percent around transit stops, particularly rail stations (although the increases are uneven).

Samuel Staley
August 26, 2011, 6am PDT
Dr. Marlon Boarnet, a professor in UC Irvine's Dept. of Planning, Policy and Design, has based his research around that question and has some answers.
YouTube
July 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Plans are emerging to revamp the public space surrounding Philadelphia's 30th Street train station to create a more vibrant way to enter the city.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2011, 12pm PST
The Governor's Highway Safety Association released a report citing an uptick in pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2010 and speculates on all sorts of reasons for this except poor road design.
Greater Greater Washington
September 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Local residents bring life back a desolate line of shops in Oak Cliff, a streetcar suburb of Dallas, overnight. The intention of the Better Block project is to demonstrate the value of pedestrian friendly spaces and encourage future investments.
Go Oak Cliff
September 14, 2010, 7am PDT
Officials in Australia have announced plans to recast downtown Sydney as a pedestrian-friendly central business district.
ABC
January 11, 2010, 8am PST
A system of escalators in Hong Kong, installed in 1993 to create a new connection between districts, has become an unusual and popular way to commute Hong Kong's steep streets.
BBC
May 29, 2009, 6am PDT
Alamo Heights, a suburb of San Antonio, grapples with whether to adopt a "New Urbanist" (but slightly more traditional) approach to its major thoroughfare to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.
San Antonio Express-News
February 23, 2009, 11am PST
Wired Magazine figures out what the planning world already knows- that there is a need to shift planning policies away from auto-oriented development and towards the pedestrian.
Wired
September 25, 2008, 7am PDT
Public plazas have been cropping up along Broadway and Madison Square in New York, occupying spaces that were once traffic lanes.
USA Today
June 10, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A new San Francisco plan seeks to follow in the footsteps of cities like Copenhagen and Portland in revitalizing streets, alleys, medians, and crosswalks. The goal is to bring the city's outdoors to its 'rightful place as the center of civic life.'</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>StreetFilm</em> shows the extensive traffic calming efforts taken by one beach community in Australia.</p>
Streetsblog
Blog post
March 9, 2008, 11am PDT


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Street, Dublin City Center: A mixture of uses prevail
in this pedestrian friendly, human-scaled street.

Mike Lydon