Edited by Emily Talen
Chapter 5: Transportation
More research is needed to quantify the substantial transportation, economic, and social benefits that result from a less car-dependent and more walkable world. Research is needed to change the archaic conceptual foundations of transportation planning. Travel demand and funding models are outdated and fail to support multimodal transportation within walkable, mixed-use contexts. Researchers need to challenge the idea that advances in technology (like autonomous vehicles) will be a panacea for transportation problems. It would be fruitful to analyze how cities responded in an earlier era to the new technology at the time: the automobile. There are lessons to be drawn about how the attempt to change cities to accommodate future technologies can lead to unintended consequences.
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