Sustainable Transport Coalition of Western Australia ASPO AUSTRALIA
Home arrow Seminars arrow Past Events arrow How automobiles make our streets less livable
Thursday, 02 July 2015
 
 
How automobiles make our streets less livable Print

Grist, 4 November 2010

Let's test your knowledge of urbanist heroes. Sure, you know who Jane Jacobs is. But have you ever heard of Donald Appleyard? Appleyard isn't often mentioned in the urbanist pantheon, but he should be. His 1981 book Livable Streets (which will be republished in 2011) showed in graphic terms what Appleyard discovered in his revolutionary research on the effect of automobile traffic on people's everyday lives. It also coined a phrase still in use today.

What Appleyard discovered in his studies -- conducted in San Francisco in the late 1960s -- is that the more traffic there is on the street, the less connected people on that street will feel to their neighbors and the less ownership they will feel in their neighborhoods.

On lightly trafficked streets, people will use their stoops and sidewalks to play and socialize. The whole street is part of their living space. On heavily trafficked streets, residents sometimes feel that even their own apartments are invaded by the sound of cars.

Appleyard died at the age of 54, not long after Livable Streets was published. In a tragic twist, he was killed by a speeding automobile in Athens, Greece.

His work is more relevant than ever today, and similar results have recently been found in the United Kingdom by researcher Joshua Hart. That's why it is so terrific that Appleyard's book has been quite literally reanimated in this video from Streetfilms (disclosure: I used to work at their sister site, Streetsblog).

The video features great graphics illustrating his findings, as well as an interview with his son, Bruce Appleyard. It's more than a tribute to an underrecognized urbanist. It's a reminder of how much still needs to be done to make our streets livable.

http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-04-how-automobiles-make-our-streets-less-livable-video

 
< Prev   Next >
Donate to STCWA
Make payments with PayPal
Latest News
Climate: the elephant in the room for developing northern Australia

The Conversation, 22 June 2015

The recently released white paper on developing northern Australia ignores an elephant in the room: climate change. While the paper sees a bright future for the north (roads, rail, ...

Read more...
The infrastructure Australia needs to make electric cars viable

WA Today, 22 June 2015

Tesla may have ambitious plans for battery technology for the home but it is also looking to upgrade its electric vehicle batteries, which will allow them to travel Read more...

Details unveiled of self-driving car crashes

NZ Herald, 19 June 2015

California state officials released reports on Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.

Read more...
Archives
Login Form





Lost Password?
 
This is my Google PageRankô - SmE Rank free service Powered by Scriptme
 
Top! Top!