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Old 09-15-2014, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by goofy328 View Post
It is not outmoded, but it is overrated. Grids were never built for the automobile, they are pre-automobile and the reasons that most cities either do not have a grid, or have grids in only certain neighborhoods within the city are rather complex. A city could institute a grid at the municipal level, force people to accept it, but the irreparable damage that would occur with the process of removing buildings and roads, and then the following reconstruction; most cities would never recover from such efforts. The last time American cities did that was in the twentieth century when expressways tore through neighborhoods.

The grid, and the automobile, are contradictions of each other. The grid also made it easier to build subways that could move in a straight line throughout cities. One thing I do not like about the grid system is that it is difficult to see around corners in densely populated areas where a huge building or a series of tries obstructs the view. Then you end up with a "no right on red" policy and traffic management becomes even more complex.
The grid can complement the automobile. Grids can allow for waves of green lights and can smooth traffic flows as a result.

"No right on red" isn't necessarily a bad thing. Not having traffic conflicts can ease congestion and simplify traffic management while making intersections safer for pedestrians--drivers turning at intersections tend to look in the direction from which traffic is coming and spend less attention on pedestrians coming from the other direction.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:37 PM
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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I love my circa 1910 gridded neighborhood. Multiple ways to get to same location and alleys allow even more routes. The numbering of the streets and houses is consistent so I know how many blocks north or south, east or west it will take to get to my destination.
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