Planetizen - Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education

Streets

November 23, 2010, 2pm PST
Charles Marohn is a traffic engineer. Despite years of training and millenia of precedents, Marohn now feels that the common practice of traffic engineering is creating bad and even unsafe streets.
Strong Towns
September 21, 2010, 5am PDT
The city of Indianapolis is using its hosting duties for the 2012 Super Bowl to rework one of its main streets into a new public space.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 21, 2010, 7am PDT
The Wall Street Journal reports on an extensive street redesign plan in New York City to be completed by 2030. The plan is aimed at an especially dangerous area.
The Wall Street Journal
June 3, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>Greater Greater Washington</em>'s Daniel Nairn wanted a planning-related poster for his wall. So he created one (admittedly nerdy) poster comparing the various grids of American cities.
Greater Greater Washington
May 16, 2010, 7am PDT
A variety of road and streetscape improvement projects in San Francisco are reviving the city's streets. But now, the city has to ask itself whether it wants to keep paying for these improvements.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Portland's "Green Streets" program is becoming a new tourist attraction in the city, which officials from other cities are visiting to learn from the Pacific Northwest's model water treatment infrastructure.
USA Today
March 17, 2010, 9am PDT
In Seattle, the street names were settled a century ago. Naming alleys and other unnamed civic features is a way to reclaim urban spaces and enhance heritage. Kurt Cobain Way, anyone?
Crosscut
March 16, 2010, 8am PDT
"Woonerf" is a Dutch word for streets that mix cars and people, but with pedestrians as the dominant mode. Toronto planners are using the concept in their plans for the West Don Lands neighborhood.
The Toronto Star
February 1, 2010, 6am PST
Despite the economic downturn, a new skyscraper is rising in Oklahoma City. A suite of street improvements are also one their way.
The New York Times
January 28, 2010, 9am PST
Residents in one of Johannesburg's most infamous townships are hoping that a new street beautification project will bring pedestrians out onto their streets and into their shops when the country hosts this year's World Cup.
Scripps Howard News Service
January 20, 2010, 6am PST
While in Copenhagen for climate talks in December, U.S. officials got a taste of Danish-style bicycle planning. Some of them liked what they saw, but translating that infrastructure here in the States is no easy task.
Miller-McCune
Feature
November 16, 2009, 5am PST
Amber Hawkes, Georgia Sheridan
November 11, 2009, 2pm PST
A new report from Transportation for America reveals that over the past 15 years, 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community.
Transportation for America
October 10, 2009, 11am PDT
This article from <em>Wired UK</em> looks at a handful of emerging transportation concept technologies that are altering the form of the city.
Wired UK
October 8, 2009, 8am PDT
The American Planning Association has released its picks for Great Places in America for 2009, including their choices for Streets, Public Spaces and Neighborhoods. Skagway, Alaska's Broadway tops the list.
American Planning Association
September 16, 2009, 2pm PDT
<em>Suburban Nation</em> co-author Jeff Speck cracks the new New York Street Design Manual and finds a lot of useful material and some that falls short.
Design Observer
September 11, 2009, 7am PDT
San Francisco's notoriously congested Market Street will soon see a lighter load of traffic, as officials roll out a pilot project that will ban private vehicles from the roadway.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2009, 8am PDT
A new street greening project in North Portland that seeks to reduce stormwater runoff is fueling a debate between the area's young, eco-conscious businesses owners and older owners who are worried about interruption from the project.
The Oregonian
Feature
August 31, 2009, 9am PDT

Cities are taking charge when it comes to their streets. A number of big American cities have come out with manuals and toolkits to guide their design.

Amber Hawkes, Georgia Sheridan
August 12, 2009, 11am PDT
Hundreds marched in San Antonio, Texas, in defiance of new street procession fees that the organizations believe will stifle free speech.
San Antonio Express-News