city streets: livable or killable

Livability is a concept that has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years. The Federal Highway Administration established a formal “Livability Initiative” and in 2010, published a guidebook to educate transportation planning and design professionals.

So how are we doing? Are we improving the health and safety of the traveling public?

Even with the enormous amount of data showing direct and tangible connections between street design and public health and safety (i.e. livability), bad design continues to show itself on a regular basis on our street networks.

If good design promotes livability, then bad design must promote the opposite of livability…killability.

We can do better! Help put an end to dangerous design and save some lives!

The following presentation was originally delivered during the 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta, GA.