Minimizing transportation

Which transportation improvements should get top priority in our region? The Northeast Ohio Regional Environmental Priorities Project, a program at Case Western Reserve University which has called suburban sprawl one of the region's greatest environmental threats, says we should favor transportation projects that will:

  • Preserve open space.
  • Minimize public health threats from air pollution.
  • Minimize duplication of infrastructure.
  • Preserve or enhance a sense of neighborhood and community.
  • Use multimodal strategies to reduce automobile use (i.e., maximize use of pedestrian, mass transit and bicycle-friendly options).
  • Do not substantially contribute to further erosion of the tax base of any existing urbanized community in the region.
  • Reduce the need for travel by promoting compact, mixed-use development.

The key thing to remember is that the need for costly transportation is a sign that places are inconveniently located; the less transportation the better. We should focus on taking care of places, rather than increasing the mobility of cars between places.


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