Matt and Hans are visiting the South Gate area, known for the South Keys shopping mall. They are going on a walkabout, checking out the empty parking lots, plans for development, active transportation connections and hot chocolate.
Freeways are the pinnacle of car infrastructure, allowing motorists to travel long distances safely and conveniently. But when freeways run through urban areas, they have major impacts on people’s ability to walk and cycle.
Curious to get to know a new neighbourhood in Ottawa, I met up with another local blogger to walk his community’s main street.
A community is not simply car-dependent or not. Understanding the various levels of car-dependency can help us create more resilient and multimodal communities.
Street design is not neutral: every subtle design detail reflects a community’s values, and comparing designs across communities reveals how those values differ.
In the right context and with the right parameters, it is possible to design corners to be much more compact while still accommodating large trucks.