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Jul 2016 | The Change Issue

NEW STREETS FOR NORTH AMERICA’S CITIES
DAVID LEVINSON, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Cities have always been about connectivity—connecting people to jobs, friends, cultures, and new livelihoods. But new forms of connectivity in cities are emerging. That means a striking new vision for our roadways—where cars occupy a small fraction of the space they take up today, replaced by green spaces, bike lanes, and other uses we haven’t yet thought of. It’s time to prepare for the change by un-building roads              

“Designs for streets and roads will need to respond to an explosion of new vehicle types and patterns of use. Space no longer needed for auto traffic can be allocated to public transit, walking, or bicycling, which are all on the rise.”

 

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