How Planning Can Put the Access in Mobility

The Brookings Institution has announced a new "Moving to Access" initiative.

January 21, 2017, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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A new section of the Brookings website is devoted to the Moving to Access Initiative, which "looks at innovative policies, tools, and techniques that can help ensure that all people—regardless of income or demography—get where they need to go."

The Moving to Access Initiative website is an animated affair, laying out in clear terms the importance of access while scenes from a multi-modal city play out in the background.

At the conclusion of the Moving to Access page, however, are four reports, written to develop a "common narrative on urban accessibility." One of the reports, written by Gille Duranton and Erick Guerra is titled "An urban planning perspective." The report argues for two basic recommendations: 1) "to put accessibility more squarely at the center of the study of urban development" and 2) "to focus urban policymaking more directly on specific problems, such as congestion, pollution, and traffic fatalities." 

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