Sidewalks

February 8, 2012, 12pm PST
Jane E. Brody reports on the safety features New York City has instituted as part of an ambitious effort to completely re-engineer city streets.
The New York Times
January 31, 2012, 12pm PST
A lawsuit based on the Americans With Disabilities Act may leave Los Angeles responsible for over a billion dollars' worth of crumbling sidewalks.
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2011, 7am PDT
With over 8 million people sharing the streets and sidewalks of New York City, there is bound to be a clash between transportation modes. Who's to blame? Lyndsey Scofield says that there is bad behavior on all sides.
This Big City
August 10, 2011, 5am PDT
Utility boxes are cluttering city streets all over the world. But they're not going away, and cities should start to try to find new ways to blend them into the urban fabric, according to this article from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2011, 12pm PDT
Washington D.C.'s first sidewalk cafe opened 5-plus years ago. This piece from <em>The Washington Post</em> looks at the history of outdoor eating in the city, and how the trend has picked up over the years.
The Washington Post
April 24, 2011, 5am PDT
A new report on sidewalks and climate change in Seattle prompts a call to urban planners and municipal officials to take greater care in installing sidewalks in neighborhoods.
Crosscut
April 15, 2011, 7am PDT
<em>Grist</em> points to a new series of blog posts offering step-by-step instructions on how to get a crosswalk installed in your neighborhood.
Grist
April 14, 2011, 9am PDT
Sidewalks in Holland have for years utilized piped-in waste heat to melt snow. Now, they've added an additional sidewalk amenity: a hearth.
Metropolis
March 10, 2011, 7am PST
Neighbors across the country are clashing over whether or not to build sidewalks in their neighborhoods.
The Wall Street Journal
February 26, 2011, 1pm PST
Some researchers say that crowded sidewalks in cities like New York are contributing to "sidewalk rage".
CBS
January 19, 2011, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at plans to dramatically rework streetscapes in Boston, and cheers the effort.
Next American City
Blog post
December 14, 2010, 9pm PST
As Congress begins to draft transportation legislation next year, fiscal scarcity may induce a fight between transit and highway advocates over federal funding, rather than the cooperation of the last few years.  And if highway advocates seek to tear down federal support for other forms of transportation, they will probably rely heavily on federalism considerations, arguing that highways are inherently an interstate concern while transit and non-motorized forms of transportation are a nonfederal concern.  For example, Alan Pisarski writes: “If sidewalks and bike paths are federal then everythingis federal.”

There are two flaws in this argument.  First of all, highways are not always primarily an interstate concern

Michael Lewyn
November 11, 2010, 1pm PST
The City of New York has announced plans to allow restaurants to edge into the street to use parking spots for outdoor seating and patios.
Grist
November 4, 2010, 8am PDT
A group of West End business owners plans to direct slower moving foot traffic to walk along storefronts.
The Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2010, 7am PDT
An architect and planner in India has proposed a plan to convert Delhi's storm drains into a network of walkways and passages.
The City Fix
August 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
New rules in Japan say that cyclists are liable for accidents between themselves and pedestrians, especially on the country's sidewalks.
The Mainichi Daily Times
May 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
The city of Los Angeles is considering a plan to stop paying for repairs to broken sidewalks and driveways, shifting the economic burden to property owners.
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>Grist</em>'s David Roberts maps out why his neighborhood is not walkable and how it could be greatly improved with just a little extra infrastructural connectivity.
Grist
March 27, 2010, 7am PDT
The sidewalks of Portland are so busy that the city is developing plans to create 6'-8' Pedestrian Zones - basically, fast lanes for moving pedestrians separate from other street activities.
Vimeo
February 24, 2010, 1pm PST
Seemingly simple, the Jordanian city of Amman has finally managed to build walkable sidewalks.
The New York Times