Street Grid

Texas

An Ambitious Approach to Planning a Small Texas City

Bastrop, a fast-growing city located north of Austin, is plotting growth on a street grid.

November 17, 2019 - Public Square: A CNU Journal

Manhattan

How an Urban Grid Becomes a Maze

Many rational, open grids can seem like a labyrinth to users. The labyrinth has emerged as an unplanned consequence of the evolution of cities, but solutions like GPS navigation and autonomous vehicles could mean relief.

January 10, 2018 - Fanis Grammenos

Street Grid

Defining the Perfect Block Length for Walkability

Researchers at Harvard University have looked at multiple street grids around the country to identify what block size is the perfect length for walkability.

January 25, 2017 - The Harvard Gazette

New York City

A Grid Balancing Act for Vibrant, Varied, and Sustainable Places

An analysis of three essential attributes of urban grids reveals a preferred layout for the desired effect of a vibrant, active community.

December 20, 2016 - Fanis Grammenos

Georgetown

What Separates Georgetown From the Rest of D.C.?

Georgetown's grid of small blocks is starkly different from the L'Enfant-designed city that surrounds it.

June 13, 2016 - Greater Greater Washington

Downtown, now

The Man Who Made Chicago Easy to Navigate

Edward Brennan waged an extended turn-of-the-century campaign to clean up Chicago's then-confusing address numbering system. Though few recognize his name, Brennan's legacy lives on in modern Chicago.

June 19, 2015 - WBEZ

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How Driverless Cars Could Affect Suburban Land Use

Successful driverless cars might lead to "mini mass transit," a distinct mode from public transit and the private automobile. The consequences for land use could reshape suburbia.

March 8, 2015 - The Greater Marin

A Call to Undo the 'Cul-De-Sacking' of St. Louis

A recent nextSTL.com editorial makes an impassioned plea to open the city’s closed streets.

April 11, 2014 - nextSTL.com

In Replacing Hockey Arena, Pittsburgh's Goal is to Repair Street Grid

When Civic Arena was built in the late 1950's, it severed Pittsburgh's historic Hill District from Downtown, displacing thousands of African American families and businesses. A redevelopment being proposed for the site aims to re-establish the link.

July 8, 2013 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Citizens Organize Around Restoring Street Grid in Downtown Oklahoma City

In a challenge to the wishes of the state DOT, a group of citizens has successfully campaigned for the addition of an alternative to restore the downtown street grid in place of a high-speed boulevard in Oklahoma City.

June 29, 2013 - DC Streetsblog

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