Wide Residential Streets Are Dangerous. Why Are They So Common?

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Ever wonder why so many residential streets are so wide even though they only see a trickle of car traffic? Dave Amos, a doctoral student at the U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design, has been looking into it. The reason, as with so many things, goes back to car-centric engineering standards. Residential streets have highway-like dimensions because engineers thought wide, straight...

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