Re: [carfree_cities] Traffic Calming: A Nightmare for Americans
> It's interesting that she brings up principles from 1930s=v= As you note, the U.S. was inspired by the Nazis to create
> Socialist Germany as the principles behind traffic calming.
the Interstate Highway System, so I wouldn't be surprised if
U.S. civil engineers got other ideas from them as well. I am
certain that the principles behind traffic calming are *not*
amongst them, though certain traffic engineering devices may
well be. To label certain of these devices "traffic calming"
is absurdly frothingly wrong, though.
=v= "Traffic calming" is an approach, not a set of devices.
The approach has nothing to do with Nazis; it came together
over the last few decades. It is most emphatically *not*
about blocking the flow of traffic, but rather calming it.
(Blocking is not calming. A gentle flow is calming.)
=v= Sometimes old-school traffic engineering gets mislabeled
"traffic calming," but someone who puts the two words in the
headline of her article has no business making that mistake.
P.S.: Not long ago, a _Salon_ article mentioned something
called "Second Generation Traffic Calming," and we discussed
it on this list. The article had many errors, but from what
I gathered, David Engwicht are using this phrase to get past
the mislabeling and to refocus attention on *actual* traffic
calming. Engwicht's website describes this much better than
the _Salon_ article, by the way:
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