This New Car-Free Neighborhood Redesigns Suburbia

A new development in Mannheim, Germany, is the ultimate walkable community.

“It’s possible that some people might own a car in a new neighborhood designed for Mannheim, Germany. But they won’t be able to drive up to their doors: The entire neighborhood is car-free, with parking hidden underground.

Instead of roads, the neighborhood will have sidewalks that connect with paths in a surrounding park. “Essentially the project recreates the park experience on a residential scale, and removing the road allows the park to permeate throughout the site unrestricted…”

A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism

“…intersectional urbanism is an urbanism that (1) recognizes the diversity of experiences in a city, (2) acknowledges the oppression experienced by the marginalized and (3) endeavours towards building a city that meets the needs of everyone who lives in it.”

The author lives with issues of marginalization.  He is a person of color and has a physical handicap.  He also believes that he has privilege, being male, saying that privilege has sheltered him from the reality of misogyny .

He says,

“I try to be cognizant of how these elements shape how I see the world and determine the positions I take.”

“As someone who lives with a progressive degenerative neuromuscular disease, I am constantly examining accessibility in cities and trying my best to advocate for universal design.

As a person of colour, I reflect on how racism influences my experience of the city.”

“…privilege (has) sheltered me from that reality. I wasn’t naive to the misogyny



Bike Friendly Community Nomination Survey

Survey open through September 30th.

Asbury Park City Transportation Manager Mike Manzella has submitted an application for Asbury Park to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bicycle Friendly Community.”

Part of that application process is a survey to nearby residents and visitors about riding a bike in Asbury Park:

Please take a few minutes to provide some input about biking in Asbury Park.


Introducing Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan


Introducing Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan, a rigorous national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Released today by Transportation for America in partnership with ArtPlace America, this new resource identifies ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety, and build community support.

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The General Theory of Walkability


A great TED Talk by Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl.

He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time – which the Christian Science Monitor called “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best-selling planning/design title of 2013 – 2015.




Road Relationships

Road relationships are a two-way street.

A healthy passion for safety is key to a healthy road relationship.

Useful short videos and links to answer questions of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Watch as Dr. Wheeler answers questions sent in from people with real road relationship issues. Dr. Wheeler is the master of clear direction, sound advice and positive guidance for both motorists and bicyclists. Together, we can work to improve our road relationships and drive change in Grand Rapids.


Streetfilms: Donald Appleyard’s Livable Streets

“Fixing the Great Mistake.” This video explores three studies in “Livable Streets” that measured, for the first time, the effect of traffic on our social interactions and how we perceive our own homes and neighborhoods.

“Fixing the Great Mistake” is a new Streetfilms series that examines what went wrong in the early part of the 20th Century, when our cities began catering to the automobile, and how those decisions continue to affect our lives today.