Can it be this simple?

October 25, 2007 at 11:09 am 5 comments

“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.”

More from the Project for Public Spaces’s transportation program:

“The power of this simple idea is that it reflects basic truths that are rarely acknowledged. One such truth is that more traffic and road capacity are not the inevitable result of growth. They are in fact the product of very deliberate choices that we have made to shape our communities around the private automobile. We as a society have the ability to make different choices — starting with the decision to design our streets as comfortable places for people.”

— Jon Swerens


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  • 1. Scott Spaulding  |  October 25, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I would say yes.

  • 2. Zachary  |  October 25, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I have to say yes. It at least shows a community where your priorities are, and makes me fearfully think of two words…..traffic engineers.

  • 3. Angela  |  October 25, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    One of the reasons my family chose to live where we do is that we are within reasonable walking distance to a grocery, 2 coffee shops, the post office, many other retail and eateries (not big box), and numerous parks. There are places for us to go in our neighborhood that do not require a car, and this was a conscious decision for us. I was grateful that we were able to do it.

  • 4. Dan Carmody  |  October 25, 2007 at 4:40 pm


  • 5. john b. kalb  |  November 2, 2007 at 12:12 am

    And if you plan for attendee’s for a baseball game, you will get just attendee’s for a baseball game (70 nights a year). John B. Kalb


But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

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