Car-Centric Urbanism

Biker and driver

Jaywalking, Idaho Stop Bills Vetoed by California's Governor

Faced with the opportunity to redefine the traffic safety regime in one of the nation's most progressive states, Governor Gavin Newsom flinched.

October 11, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

Congestion

What Will It Take for the U.S. to Kick the Car Habit?

Government played a big role in creating the car-centric United States that exists today. Climate change requires that government take the lead in reducing automobile dominance.

September 14, 2021 - Vox

Empty Parking Garage

One Pandemic Real Estate Bet: Condos for Cars

The possibility of many more urban dwellers driving than ever before, even in transit-rich locations like New York City, is still very real.

August 13, 2021 - Bloomberg

Congestion

Liberating Cities from Cars

Examining models of progress toward restrictions on the use and storage of automobiles from urban areas around the world.

July 20, 2020 - Joan Fitzgerald

Bus Stop and Bike Lane

Seattle Leads the Nation in Reducing Car Ownership

Seattle has achieved unparalleled success in allowing residents the option to choose not to own a car.

November 4, 2019 - The Seattle Times

School Buses and Homes

Study Documents the Public Health Effects of Long School Commutes

Richard Florida cites new research to argue that car culture and car oriented communities are the main culprits in the unhealthy lifestyles of U.S. school children.

May 9, 2019 - CityLab

Arizona Streets

Dead on Arrival: Vision Zero Loses at the Phoenix City Council

Car-oriented politics keeps scoring wins in Phoenix.

April 24, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Westwood, Los Angeles

Uber and Lyft Make 11,000 Trips a Week Without Leaving UCLA's Campus

Students at the University of California, Los Angeles are using ride-hailing companies to get between classes on campuses. The effect is far from the congestion and emissions reducing idea many hoped for from companies like Uber and Lyft.

February 4, 2019 - Daily Bruin

Kids playing outside

Canadian Neighborhood Prohibits Kids From Playing Outside

It's been called a 'War on Fun.'

July 19, 2018 - Vancouver Sun

Multi-Modal Intersection

The Case for Ending Legal Right Turns on Red Lights

Right turns on red became legal at a large scale across the country in the 1970s, despite the threats the practice represents to pedestrians and people on bikes.

May 17, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Delay Sign

Op-Ed: 'Public Mood' Has Turned Against Cars in Cities

A survey of recent planning decisions demonstrates that cities are no longer necessarily looking to more and bigger highways to solve their traffic problems.

May 4, 2018 - The New York Times

Downtown Shreveport and Red River

Shreveport Planning Committee Approves New Highway Through Historically Black Neighborhood

A key committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Shreveport, Louisiana approved a new highway through the neighborhood of Allendale, a historic but struggling neighborhood adjacent to downtown.

August 22, 2017 - Shreveport Times

Draft District Plan Released in Philadelphia's Far Northeast

Planners are hard at work in a unique corner of the city of Philadelphia—the Far Northeast.

February 23, 2017 - PlanPhilly

Tilikum Crossing

Portland Takes Another Step Toward Multi-Modalism

The city of Portland will take the momentous step of estimating person trips, rather than car trips, when estimating the impacts of new developments. The decision is another step toward ending the systems of car-centric planning.

December 19, 2016 - Bike Portland

Google Self-Driving Car

The Car-Centric Future of Planning Data

Data collection used for planning purposes has traditionally focused on cars, rather than people. So far, innovative transportation technologies seem unconcerned with changing that pattern.

August 17, 2016 - City Observatory

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Mystery

A blog post exploring why Los Angeles is more car-dependent than some less dense cities.

August 16, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

New York Street

Guide to Improved Street Designs: Pay Attention to Precedent

What does a successfully multi-modal and livable street look like? There are examples all over the world, if you're paying attention.

April 25, 2016 - CityLab

Bicycle traffic light in Berlin

Op-Ed: Prohibit Right Turns on Red Lights

A writer suggests an end for one of the many conveniences available to drivers: the right turn on a red light.

March 23, 2016 - Next City

Suburban traffic

Study Finds Strong Evidence that Parking Causes Driving

A new study presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting builds a strong case that parking causes driving.

January 13, 2016 - CityLab

Expanding Car-Sharing to New, Car-Centric Markets

Zipcar is a newcomer in Tampa Bay, but the efforts to expand its business in the next few years will provide a case study in how less dense cities can expand alternative transportation options.

January 13, 2016 - Tampa Bay Times

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