Tag Archives: walkability

What Pensacola is Doing to Make Downtown More Pedestrian Friendly

Pensacola is one of thousands of cities across the U.S. that created ordinances after World War II requiring developers to build parking spaces based on the square footage of their buildings. Now, officials in Pensacola, Florida are working to move downtown into the 21st century, forcing spacious parking lots to take a backseat to a pedestrian friendly environment. Read more... Read more

Lehigh Students Bring Pop-Up Parklets to Bethlehem

Parklets in major cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco can run $40,000 a pop, a price tag that’s hard to swallow for business owners in smaller cities like Bethlehem. When a student in her urban planning workshop pitched the idea of parklets for South Bethlehem, they started wondering how to make the structures more affordable. Read more... Read more

In Tysons Corner, Land Of The Car, Three Years To Build A Crosswalk

​Nearly three years after opening, Silver Line ridership at the four Metrorail stations in Tysons Corner continues to disappoint. However, just before the Silver Line celebrates its third birthday, completed crosswalks are finally coming to a massive intersection that typifies the Tysons of yore — the sprawling suburban office park where pedestrians and bicyclists tread hostile ground. Crosswalks matter because Metro has determined that ridership is largely determined by pedestrian and bicycle access to stations. Read more... Read more

How Your Suburb Can Make You Thinner

If people can’t be cajoled to walk for its own sake, is there another way to get them moving? In recent years, planners and policymakers have begun to consider this: If suburbs are the problem, maybe suburbs can be re-imagined as the solution. People drive because their neighborhoods encourage it—and sometimes even leave them with no choice. What, then, if their neighborhoods were built to foster walking? With the right layout and development, the notion goes, our suburban towns and... Read more
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