Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Automobility dependence only works in perfect conditions

1.  Cheap gas.
2.  Lots of roads, and ideally, not too many people, because there are severe capacity constraints with regard to congestion.
3.  Perfect weather.
4.  No accidents.

The paralysis of Atlanta as a result of two inches of snow without closing schools or anything else is a perfect example that dependence on non-resilient forms of transportation can be problematic.

January 28, 2014 Atlanta: Traffic inches along the Connector as snow blankets the Metro on Tuesday afternoon January 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass.  BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

In this aerial photo, traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of the metro area after a winter snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 29, 2014. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta’s snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. (AP Photo/David Tulis

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At 1:01 PM, Blogger Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

Its possible for railroads to get messed up by snow as well- a better case would be for COVERED roads, whether rail or highway.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

it's not possible to build a network of covered roads cost-wise.

Plus Sandy proved that covered roads are vulnerable to weather as well.

... unless they are not underground.


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