Can it be this simple?

“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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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