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Cul-de-sacs bad for sustainability?

Since the end of World War II, new subdivisions in the United States have made extensive use of the cul-de-sac. Designed to limit through-traffic in residential areas and to help developers maximize use of odd-shaped property, this building strategy has come under increased criticism for contributing to suburban sprawl and “for encouraging car transport for even short distances, as more direct connections are cut off by the dead-end geometry, which requires long travel distances even to physically nearby locations.”[1]

Earlier this year Virginia became the first state to encourage walkable neighborhoods by limiting the use of cul-de-sacs. State rules now require that subdivisions have through streets connecting them to adjacent residences and shopping areas. Developments that ignore the new rules will be denied snowplowing and other state services. Research shows that neighborhoods with more street connections and intersections reduce car use. Some of the country’s most progressive-minded cities, including Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, have also made it difficult to build new cul-de-sac subdivisions.

Read the rest of the fastcompany.com article, Death to Dead Ends: Will the New Suburbia Omit Cul-de-Sacs?

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