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Quote Icon "Aesthetic, community-sensitive design is where our nation wants to go and we should go with them."
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Quote Icon "... a standard approach to easing traffic is to widen streets and facilitate movement of vehicles, whereas traffic calming looks for ways to marrow them in a manner that eases the comfort and use of both vehicles and pedestrians, as well as... more
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Quote Icon "Have the confidence to use flexible design - push yourself beyond what you think is great - there is something better out there. You have a role in daily history - youre making a big impact wherever you go."
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Quote Icon "Historic transportation corridors can be seen as linking together a series of physical elements of a common theme or representing a single linear experience of motion through space and time."
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Quote Icon "I challenge you to help define a process which will lead to excellence, which produces a project that is carefully, imaginatively designed, serves traffic demand, provides safety for our customers, respects the natural and man-made environments, is... more
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Quote Icon "It can be seen that the best way to shield and landscape a highway is to preserve the best of the natural features and growth that already exist."
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Quote Icon "Measures in places like in Birmingham, Michigan, show reduced speeds of 10-15 mph when street trees are present on same width streets. Landscaping is now considered a primary component of traffic calming."
Dan Burden,
from Building Communities With Transportation
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Quote Icon "Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men."
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Quote Icon "Mobility is a huge part of the problem - if done wrong, it undoes all the other good things we try to include in good design."
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Quote Icon "Properly implemented corridor interpretation can truly be a life-changing experience. It deserves our best efforts."
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Quote Icon "The highway as a cultural asset is long overdue for consideration in the United States ... Every day we are missing opportunities to bring this beauty into our lives."
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Quote Icon "The only way we are going to meet the transportation needs of our state is to be willing to change how we do business and to keep building and extending our partnerships."

from Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices
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Quote Icon "The thing I like most about the square ... is that cars cant cut through the middle; they must go around them. So traffic is obliged to flow at a very leisurely pace. The squares are our little oases of tranquility."
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Quote Icon "The whole idea of planning is to guide the evolution of the most favorable relationships between the kinds of things that will go on the land and the traffic ways that will serve them."
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Quote Icon "This new approach is nothing less than visionary and a transformation of the way state transportation agencies design their facilities and conduct their business, working with and for their customers ... highway projects can be designed with... more
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Quote Icon "To be more responsive to the public, we need to move from expert-based design to community-based design."
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO),
from Getting it Right in the Right of Way: Citizen Participation in Context-Sensitive Highway Design
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Quote Icon "Traffic moves slowly, but hey, its a downtown, not a highway."
Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
from How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part I: Transit Stops and Stations
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Quote Icon "Walkability is a good investment. According to a 1998 analysis by ERE Yarmouth and Real Estate Research Corporation, real estate values over the next 25 years will rise fastest in smart communities that incorporate traditional characteristics of... more
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Quote Icon "We dont want our roadways to be scars on their communities. We want them top blend in with their surroundings and act as community members."
Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
from How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part I: Transit Stops and Stations
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Quote Icon "We established goals and developed design concepts with the task force from building face to building face rather than from curb to curb. we considered lane widths in light of the whole road as it passes through the town. If we went from 10-foot... more
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