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MapLab: How Car-Centric Street Networks Make Buses Less Efficient - CityLab

If, as Rebecca Solnit once wrote, "home is everything you can walk to," those who live in highly connected cities — with lots of tightly packed, four-way intersections — have a lot more home to roam. Such grids provide an inherent efficiency in time, distance and navigability for people on foot, creating "clearer and more direct pedestrian routes," states one recent academic paper on this subject. In contrast, the cul-de-sacs and looping roads of suburbia may help reduce vehicle traffic jams, but "their discontinuity inhibits pedestrian access to facilities and amenities, while their curvilinearity lengthens and confuses walking trips."


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