"Prior to World War II, every city in America was built for easy walking and biking. In fact, the idea of living in a walkable place is nothing radical. What was radical was the program we undertook to build an entirely new type of human life…Americans have grown up fully immersed in the car culture, not knowing alternatives — and that’s a problem."
— Finding Freedom in the Walkable Neighborhood | This Big City, 7/7/2014
"Per-capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline…This recent downward shift has had no clear, lasting connection to economic trends or gas prices. Evidence suggests that the decline is likely due to changing demographics, saturated highways, and a rising preference for compact, mixed-use neighborhoods."
— Per capita VMT drops for ninth straight year; DOTs taking notice | SSTI.us, 2/24/2014
"If we really want to prevent future crises, it’s not going to be a matter of shutting down every time there’s a scary weather forecast, but investing in longer-term solutions to our sprawl."
— How Atlanta Survived Icepocalypse II
We’re not a national joke anymore. But our city’s still a sprawling mess. | Politico, 2/14/2014
"Driving, which has been on more or less an upward slope since the end of World War II, has dropped from the peaks of last decade…Media coverage of America’s transportation story, though, seems oddly stuck in the last century."
— The love affair is over:
America’s relationship with the automobile is changing. The transportation beat has to catch up | Columbia Journalism Review, 11/2013