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Engineers Should Not Design Streets

When we consider the Scajaquada Expressway, Route 5, and every roadway in-between, we should ask ourselves one question – should engineers be designing our streets?

Remember when it seemed as if the entire city was against re-elevating a freeway in-between Tifft Nature Preserve and the Outer Harbor. Unfortunately, the entire design process was guided by people who are primarily concerned with one thing – moving traffic quickly and efficiently. These engineers should not be drawing up the plans when it comes to these types of high impact projects, rather they should be taking plans handed to them and making them work.

StrongTowns.com has published an article that talks about all of the negative implications that revolve around engineers who believe that they are able to design our roadways effectively. Unfortunately, the engineers are not proficient designers, they are proficient builders. There’s a big difference.

So what’s the answer?

Writer Charles Marohn suggests that many people should have a hand in designing our streets, before handing the designs over to the engineers who are then tasked with building the roadways. Engineers don’t care about parks and neighborhoods and people. Actually, they care about people when they are driving their cars. It’s about time that we took the power of design away from those who continually abuse it. Give that power back to the people and organizations that actually care about the short-term and longterm implications of designing streets so that they best serve the neighborhoods that bound them.

Check out the article.

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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