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The Machine, the Garden, and the City: Toward an Access-Efficient Transportation Planning System

August 2007

Citation: ELR 10593

Author: Keith Bartholomew

Editor's Summary: The recent reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, the nation's primary transportation and funding planning statute, has caused some to question whether the Act fosters greater integration of transportation and community development. In this Article, Keith Bartholomew explores this issue. He begins with an explanation of the purpose of cities and how they necessitated transportation systems. He then discusses the history and principles of transportation planning policy. Finally, he offers a critique and recommendations for increasing the efficacy of the Act, emphasizing the importance of shifting focus from mobility to accessibility.

Keith Bartholomew is Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, and former staff attorney and director of Making the Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality Connection for 1, Friends of Oregon.

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