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Transportation planners in Arkansas are telling residents that turning a highway into a boulevard would be unsafe, dive bars are dying out in urban areas, and might Millennials be over cities? Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!
No boulevard for you: There’s a movement to turn Little Rock’s I-30 corridor into a multimodal boulevard, but Arkansas’ highway department is running a public “education” campaign against the idea. Part of the message is that 1-30 as a boulevard would be less safe, with worse congestion, and that widening the corridor to ten lanes would not attract more drivers. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
Everybody won’t know your name: In cities that are increasing in price, dive bars are disappearing at a rapid clip. Even Detroit is not immune. (Money Magazine)
Peak Millennial?: 1990 was the peak year for Millennial births and now those babies are reaching their 25th birthday. That’s the age typically when people start thinking about their long term prospects so the urban party might be over. Demographer Dowell Myers argues cities are popular and expensive, which might change how we think about this group. (Urban Edge)
Unwilling to walk: Commuters to downtown Tampa are frustrated that parking isn’t close enough to the office. But local real estate broker Anne-Marie Ayers says the problem is that people just don’t want to walk a little longer from their cars, or try carpooling or biking to get to the office. (Tampa Tribune)
Not in my back… turnpike: A Miami area suburb’s homeowners association wants fewer people traveling on Florida’s Turnpike, and its board passed a resolution to stop building more developments in an area west of it. The building limits would be lifted once traffic moves more smoothly along the road. (Miami Community Newspapers)
Bus and bike priority: Copenhagen’s traffic control devices are getting sophisticated. The city is spending $8.9 million on 380 signals that will sense and prioritize bikes and buses. The hope is to cut bus travel times them up to 20%. Bikes will move through faster too, with travel times cut by 10%. (Wired Magazine)
Quote of the Week
“Cities and their transportation networks have grown to the point where they have reached a level of complexity that is beyond human processing capability to navigate around them.” - A University of Oxford professor on a study about how transportation maps in large cities with huge networks baffle human brains.