January 10, 2018, 6am PST
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 25, 2017, 9am PST
Researchers at Harvard University have looked at multiple street grids around the country to identify what block size is the perfect length for walkability.
December 20, 2016, 10am PST
An analysis of three essential attributes of urban grids reveals a preferred layout for the desired effect of a vibrant, active community.
June 13, 2016, 6am PDT
Georgetown's grid of small blocks is starkly different from the L'Enfant-designed city that surrounds it.
Greater Greater Washington
June 19, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
March 8, 2015, 5am PDT
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.
April 11, 2014, 1pm PDT
A recent nextSTL.com editorial makes an impassioned plea to open the city’s closed streets.
July 8, 2013, 12pm PDT
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.
June 29, 2013, 9am PDT
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.
May 17, 2013, 6am PDT
After the World Trade Center attacks, planners, neighbors, and Mayor Bloomberg supported reweaving the site into the city's street grid, in the process undoing "a painful planning error of the 1960s." Security concerns seem to have won out, however.
September 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Seattle is a city of grids (plural). Downtown, alone, contains three, making for some pretty interesting transportation challenges. Some argue it's simply part of what makes the city livable.
July 13, 2012, 9am PDT
Jeremy Rosenberg examines why Thomas Jefferson may have had more of an impact on the development of Los Angeles than you might suspect. The city's street grid can be traced back to this American founding father.
May 17, 2011, 5am PDT
Your streets could be killing you -- or at least making it harder for emergency services to reach you in times of need.
Medill National Security Zone
April 18, 2011, 9am PDT
The original layout of New York's street grid took advantage of the natural elements like light, wind and good soil to effectively encourage greenery in the city. Alec Applebaum says the city could do well to hearken back to the original plans.