Pave. Fail. Pave. Fail. Repeat.

6 thoughts on “Pave. Fail. Pave. Fail. Repeat.”

  1. Glad you kept an open mind on this one. It may very well be an example of what you are talking about, and without knowing the specific area I can’t tell if you are mixing correlation and causation. True, widening a road can’t help with residential appeal (but it can, sometimes, help with values a little further off the road — depends on what that road will get you to in a hurry.

    In my town, there are, for instance, streets that were changed from two way to one way– but the decline of these 19th century streets began long beforehand and eventually economically the case was easy to make for the region to consider the area more of a “drive through” region than a destination.

    Now, I am part of a growing movement to reverse this, as there is now greater demand for living on those streets (many of theses large houses were vacant when I moved here) and the demand, as you of course know, will likely go up when there aren’t cars racing by during rush hour. Still, the increase in traffic likely only strengthened the original trend downward. As you mention in your article, there doesn’t seem to be much demand for residential use I the area in general, not just along the widened street.

    I have seen entire towns in Europe abandoned that had no highways or other “weak towns” mistakes involved. The decline and forsaking was due to things changing, often things far bigger than the town, which is often also what leads to revitalization.

    1. I understand the concept that one little spot can be sacrificed to create a huge improvement to a much larger area a little further down the road. But what if the default standard for an entire country is to repeatedly devalue lots of places everywhere over many decades in order to make nearly imperceptible changes to no place in particular?

  2. Enjoyed your article on, “Pave, Fail,” etc. Indeed frustrating to see it happen but the reality is adding a million people (or more) a year to the net population landscape of America (with the intentions of adding millions more in the very near future) drives this expansion. That fact would be a helpful point in understanding “why”. It does not happen on its own. I also liked the article on “Collingswood”. Having grown up in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston I can certainly identify. The problem there (see: Pave Fail) is WINTER as well as expansion. Cheers. I’ll continue to look for your articles.

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