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From Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. It’s been republished in a 10th anniversary edition, and deservedly so; it’s a classic. Here’s a paragraph I stumbled upon over breakfast:

The problem with current street design standards is not that engineers have forgotten how to make streets feel safe, but that they don’t even try. Streets that once served vehicles and people equitably are now designed for the sole purpose of moving vehicles through them as quickly as possible. They have become, in effect, traffic sewers. No surprise, then that they fail to sustain pedestrian life.

Change the language and you can change minds, someone told me recently.



Frank Peters

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