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Posts Tagged ‘Vox’

A World Without Road Signs

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Some cities in Europe are undergoing a fascinating transformation: they’re getting rid of all of their road signs. That’s thanks to a design concept called “shared space,” where urban planners drastically lessen the presence of traffic lights, signs, and barriers, encouraging all forms of transportation to share the road.  There’s evidence that drivers often totally ignore road signs, so the heightened risk forces commuters to remain on high alert as they pass through an intersection, in theory leading to safer travel. But by stripping cities of their traditional traffic control systems, they leave disabled residents in the dark — and that’s sparked a powerful debate of how to balance ease of movement with all residents’ needs.

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The High Cost of Free Parking

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Hidden parking rules hurt our cities. Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain.

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Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Starting in the late 20th century, modern streetcar proposals started rippling across municipalities in the United States. They’re touted as infrastructure carrying benefits ranging from the social to economic and the environmental. But these projects often make appearances in the news as costly, blunder-filled experiments in public policy. Cities are willing to bet big on […]

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