Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A Better Approach to Suburban Highways

One sees a sort of "Suburbia 2.0" in the new developments and highway work south of Dayton. Roads are now concieved as running through greenways of berms and landscaping, separating the highway from the surrounding residential development, which is sited away from the road a bit, with limited access. I am really glad to see this kind of thinking in suburban development as it certainly improves the aesthetics, turning highways into access-controlled parkways, as long as this is consistently carried through.

Commercial strips, though, still leave a lot to be desired. So far the best remains Route 725, mainly due to the extensive use of street trees and sign control.

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