Monday, June 17, 2013

Anytown, USA's Worst Intersection

Really, this could be anywhere.  And it is, really.  Such are the formulaic standards of street and intersection design.  Instead, this particular intersection and accompanying video are in Mobile, Alabama.

Despite it being in Alabama, it is just like everywhere.  Where pedestrians are actively discouraged through design.  Because they're potential collision hazards.  Unfortunately, people still have to go to jobs, get food, do things, like, ya know, live, and they can't exactly do that trapped in isolation by both modernist housing and transportation design.  This video does a good job outlining desire lines and the disconnect between reality and the failed way we currently design cities: