Retrofitting Car-Centric Neighborhoods

Letting go of Suburbia

Eugene was primarily built up after the introduction of the automobile, meaning that much of our development has followed a car-centric, unwalkable model.  As we face a major need to increase the number of trips taken by foot, bike, and transit as opposed to car in order to meet our climate recovery goals, identifying where and how to focus our efforts is important.  This article from Strong Towns discusses how to retrofit suburban environments.

So, whether people decide to pursue very high-density highrise development, compact single-family detached residential designs, or something in between, many solutions are available that can produce attractive neighborhoods, that can also be much more affordable than existing options, and highly profitable for developers.
— Nathan Lewis, Strong Towns