September 23, 2010, 7am PDT
It's an article of faith among many that GM, Firestone, and Standard Oil destroyed the streetcar networks of the early 20th century. Stephen Smith suggests that Progressive Era and New Deal planners and politicians should shoulder more of the blame.
September 11, 2010, 7am PDT
A new report from <em>The Reason Foundation</em> finds that the nation's roads and highways are in the best shape of the last 19 years. The authors contend that this fact is largely a result of fewer people driving due to the recession.
August 28, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>Next American City</em> reviews a new book by Matt Dellinger about Interstate 69, the as-yet-unbuilt highway that could create a direct link between the Mexican and Canadian borders.
August 26, 2010, 5am PDT
Urbanists have rightfully been wary of libertarianism in the past, says Stephen Smith, but a new crop of Jane Jacobs-loving libertarians could change that perception.
July 28, 2010, 12pm PDT
Blueprint America reports from suburban Atlanta, where getting to the other side of the road is nothing to take for granted.
May 13, 2010, 12pm PDT
Student Dallas Hanks saw unused land on the sides of highways being landscaped and thought the land could be used more effectively. His ideas have resulted in a project to grow crops for biodiesel on these embankments.
May 12, 2010, 7am PDT
Roger Valdez looks back at the history of highways, and the switch from local control to state and federal control due to the burden of financing and maintaining roads.
April 30, 2010, 1pm PDT
A new report from U.S. PIRG reveals how special interests tilts the playing field toward the construction of new and ever-wider highways at the expense of repair and maintenance.
Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America's Crumbling Roads and Bridges
March 10, 2010, 9am PST
Dwindling tax revenues force fiscal restraint in Maryland, where planners are shifting money from highway expansion to infrastructure maintenance.
March 4, 2010, 10am PST
Civic advocates in Buffalo, bolstered by upcoming NYSDOT study and a Mayor intent on change, consider ways to remove a blighted highway that cuts through the heart of the city and an Olmsted-designed park.
March 3, 2010, 10am PST
St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board formally endorses the removal of elevated and depressed lanes of current I-70 ROW to reconnect city and arch grounds.
November 26, 2009, 5am PST
In another unsurprising study, California's roads and highways are ranked nearly last, and said to be the worst in urban areas.
November 13, 2009, 10am PST
The greatest threat to Brazil's Amazon Rain Forest is not just farming or logging, but the road construction that makes both possible, writes Stephanie Brault.
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
July 27, 2009, 8am PDT
Two inventors explain devices that would allow energy to be harvested along highways and from the highways themselves.
July 15, 2009, 8am PDT
A 14-mile road segment that would connect two highways in Texas is a contender for stimulus funding in the state. But it would also cause the removal of at least 23 acres of wetlands. Environmentalists are upset the proposal is being considered.
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
July 1, 2009, 9am PDT
States are spending the vast majority of federal stimulus money on building or repairing roads and highways, according to a new study.
May 4, 2009, 9am PDT
Planetizen has teamed up with <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/">National Journal</a>, a weekly politics and policy magazine, to explore transportation issues. As part of National Journal's <a href="http://transportation.nationaljournal.com/">Transportation Experts blog</a>, we've asked Planetizen Interchange bloggers and National Journal's Transportation Experts whether money from the Highway Trust Fund should be used for non-highway projects like bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.
May 2, 2009, 7am PDT
Photos of LA from above showcase the city's traffic patterns.
April 25, 2009, 11am PDT
How the "road tribes" — the impenetrable scrum of bureaucrats, politicians and industry that benefit from an ever-expanding program of road construction — are literally paving the road to national ruin in Japan.