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Streetsblog: The Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, and Why It Barely Registers In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and another 70,000 were injured. That’s one death every two hours. It’s impossible to quantify the human toll of traffic fatalities, but as David Nelson at Project for Public Spaces …

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ecoRI News: Parking Lots Proliferate at Twin River Getting a parking lot built in Rhode Island typically requires permits and review by state agencies and local officials. But in one case a large lot at Twin River Casino inexplicably appeared next to a wetland. Urbanophile: Milwaukee’s Relationship with the Chicago Mega-City Revisited by David Holmes I was intrigued by Aaron’s …

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MAX train and bus in Portland, OR. Photo (cc) TriMet. The Atlantic Cities: Can Light Rail Carry a City’s Transit System? We often think of light rail as a single component of a larger transit system, but if it’s done right it can just as soon serve as the foundation. Since 1981 a dozen American cities have built light rail …

RIDOT: No accommodations for pedestrians

In 195 Relocation Project, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

RIDOT has been removing the wood from under the Chestnut Street overpass for the last few weeks, which is concerning in and of itself as it has been speculated that that wood was there to keep chunks of the bridge that were falling onto the roadway and sidewalk from falling onto the roadway and sidewalk, which begs the question, what …

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Snow as traffic calming

In Roads, Snow by Jef Nickerson18 Comments

Currently, due to the snow, Atwells Avenue is a good 4 to 6 or more feet narrower than usual. Yet, cars are able to park on both sides and traffic is able to flow smoothly in both directions (in most areas, some places the snow is totally out of control). Which proves my point that the road is too wide …

Obviously, someone is trying to make me angry

In Snow by Jef Nickerson19 Comments

As I was walking home I was pretty amazed that some sidewalks were actually dry, amazing! I ran into some problems in the LaSalle Square area and at the Atwells Bridge, where there was no way to get from the sidewalk into the street to cross the street. Those challenges were mostly forgotten as I was quickly making my way …

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Snowblogging: Miracle Edition

In GC: Photos, Snow, Weather by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

THAT my friends is a shoveled sidewalk on the Atwells Avenue Bridge over Route 95. Yes, it is true. But wait, don’t think I’m gonna be all sunshine and moonbeams. A for effort to get this thing cleared so soon after last night’s snowicane, but I have complaints. Every winter, at some point this sidewalk does get cleared. But this …