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Movement and place hierarchies perpetuate the dominance of motor traffic

Rachel Aldred, Westminster University
08 August 2014
Owen Street: plenty of movement, but no cars
Owen Street: plenty of movement, but no cars
Rachel Aldred is a senior lecturer in transport at Westminster University. Her personal website can be found at rachelaldred.org
Rachel Aldred is a senior lecturer in transport at Westminster University. Her personal website can be found at rachelaldred.org

 

Place and movement hierarchies increasingly form part of accepted thinking about the way we manage streets. For instance, they’re used in UK guidance such as Manual for Streets (MfS) 1 and 2, and Jones et al’s Link and Place (L&P).

The methods seek to balance street functions more effectively, paying more heed to ‘place-ness’ and reminding us that streets are more than conduits for motor traffic. I worry, however, that the dichotomy between ‘movement’ and...

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