Pedestrian-Friendly

'Lincoln Hub': A Polka Dot Makeover for Chicago Intersection

The intersection of Lincoln Ave, Southport Avenue, and Wellington Avenue in the South Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago is in the process of a major upgrade in pedestrian-friendly placemaking.

April 16, 2015 - Chi.Streetsblog

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Florida Backs Miami Complete Streets Initiative

The Florida DOT has approved Miami's plan to rework busy Biscayne Boulevard. In the spirit of Complete Streets, vehicle lanes will be reduced and pedestrian/bike spaces expanded.

April 9, 2015 - Miami Today

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The Challenge of Redesigning an Accident-Prone Street

Philadelphia's Washington Avenue experienced 915 car crashes between 2010 and 2013. The city wants to minimize risk in its redesign, but lacks the space to install every suggested improvement.

March 18, 2015 - PlanPhilly

Ped-Friendly Proposal for Houston’s Downtown Convention Center

In anticipation of the 2017 Super Bowl, Houston First Corp. is seeking approval of a project to improve the city's convention center and “reshape the once-moribund East End of downtown into a dynamic new focal point of the city.”

February 4, 2014 - The Houston Chronicle

To Become a "Great City", Miami Seeks to Boost Pedestrian-Friendliness

With the housing bust of the Great Recession fading in the rear-view mirror, a maturing Miami aspires to become one of the world's great cities. City leaders see the creation of a "Downtown Pedestrian Priority Zone" as the path to get them there.

December 9, 2013 - Miami Herald

Madrid Master Plan Prioritizes People over Cars and Development over Regulation

Completed about every 15 years, Madrid's General Urban Plan sets out a long-term vision for the city's development. The newest iteration replaces a "dud" from 1997 that has "dogged the city for years," reports Feargus O'Sullivan.

December 5, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

Is Your City One of America's Most Walkable?

Walk Score has released its 2014 ranking of Most Walkable U.S. Cities and Neighborhoods. Though New York's position at the top of the list would be easy to explain, one surprise made the top five.

November 7, 2013 - Walk Score

L.A.'s Sprawling Valley Undertakes a Pedestrian-Friendly Retrofit

The San Fernando Valley is infamous for its seemingly endless expanse of flat, gridded single-family sprawl. But to accommodate growth and improve the quality of life, the Valley's distinct neighborhoods are looking to create a sense of place.

October 24, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

Walkable DC

New Tool for Measuring Neighborhood Walkability

Watch out Walk Score, you've got some competition. Mapping company Maponics is measuring pedestrian-friendliness with a new tool called 'Walkability'. They measure several factors Walk Score doesn't, including crime, street type, and speed limit.

August 24, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

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What's Driving London's Walking Boom?

London has always been a pedestrian-friendly city. But over the last decade the number of daily trips taken on foot in the city jumped by 12 percent, while walking declined nationwide. What explains the capital's pedestrian popularity?

August 5, 2013 - The Economist

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