Wednesday, July 20, 2005

When Development Is Good for Traffic Congestion

U.S. 29 North, a retail corridor north of Charlottesville, is one of the most congested thoroughfares in the Commonwealth. According to the conventional wisdom, plopping down a 1.9 million square-foot mixed-use development at one of U.S. 29's busiest intersections could only make matters worse. But that's not what Albemarle County planners have concluded: They have approved Albemarle Place out of the conviction that its New Urbanism-styled design actually will absorb traffic from U.S. 29 -- and provide a template for the redevelopment of the entire retail corridor by other property owners.

Bob Burke highlights this remarkable project in a newly published Road to Ruin article: Albemarle Place: Can a Giant New Development be Part of Charlottesville's U.S. 29 Traffic Solution?


At 8:09 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Here is a chance to run an experiment. Gather as much information as possible on trips and destinations now, wnd then do it again after the project is built.

Let's find out if such communities increase or decrease traffic congestion and VMT.


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