Friday, June 09, 2006

Making Tracks, Making Places

Pretty good column in this month's Governing magazine by Alex Marshall on the relationship between land use and transportation. He tells the story of proposed construction of a new bridge across Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to the DelMarVa peninsula, and how such a new transportation link would likely change the character of the communities on that isolated eastern shore. Most importantly, he describes how officials failed to recognize or understand how such an action would have such a result.

In the current update of the long range transportation plan for the Wasatch Front and Mountainlands regions, there is a greater recognition of this concept than ever before. In part because of the visioning effort undertaken by Envision Utah, the new LRT plan will be better coordinated with land use (both as cause and as effect).

The longer we live, the more we learn.

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