Susan Handy to question received wisdom of U.S. transit planning in September 20 talk

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Why are the core principals of U.S. transit planning rarely questioned, and why is transportation in this country so dang inefficient? On September 20, University of California–Davis’s Susan Handy will examine those questions in front of a roomful of Cornellians in Sibley 101 at 4:30 p.m..

An abstract of her talk, officially “Roundabout of a Figurative Kind: The Ebb and Flow of Ideas about Transportation and What This Means for Our Communities,” is reprinted below:

Transportation planning in the U.S. has, for more than a century, been guided by several core principles: speed, mobility, vehicle throughput, capacity expansion, traffic control, mode separation. These principles are hugely influential, yet they are largely implicit and rarely questioned, at least not officially, despite their general failure to produce an efficient transportation system. But each of these principles has an equal and opposite principle that, if adopted, would lead to a very different approach to providing for society’s transportation needs. In this talk, Handy examines the ebb and flow of these ideas and their implications for our communities.

More information on this and other Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) lectures can be found here.

Celebrate Park(ing) Day at Sibley with Cornell planners

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This Friday, September 21, the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) and Cornell AAP are celebrating Park(ing) Day by transforming the small sea of asphalt behind Sibley into a public gathering place.

Park(ing) Day is an annual international design event where participants take parking spaces and turn them into parklets for public use. The event generates discourse around how space in cities and towns is used, and spotlights how much public or semi-public space is devoted to the storage of private vehicles. Park(ing) Day also offers designers and planners a way to show off their creativity in a diminutive space.

This year, OCP is converting a few spots on the asphalt into a garden, bike repair station, and yoga area. Although the preliminary meeting for the September 21 event has passed, potential participants can contact Natalia Sanchez for more information.

See you on the lot!

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