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by Katy Purviance on 07/25/08 @ 10:57:17 am
Categories: Observations | 189 words | 1454 views

Have you noticed the newest addition to the Architecture Addiction Blog?

That’s right, a random quote generator.

I just added this one from one of my favorite books, Suburban Nation by my New Urabnist heroes, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck.

“The level of traffic which drivers experience daily, and which they bemoan so vehemently, is only as high as they are willing to countenance. If it were not, they would adjust their behavior and move, carpool, take transit, or just stay home, as some choose to do. How crowded a roadway is at any given moment represents a condition of equilibrium between people’s desire to drive and their reluctance to fight traffic. Because people are willing to suffer inordinately in traffic before seeking alternatives – other than clamoring for more highways – the state of equilibrium of all busy roads is to have stop-and-go traffic. The question is not how many lanes must be built to ease congestion but how many lanes of congestion you want. Do you favor four lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic at rush hour, or sixteen?

Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck, Suburban Nation“,

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