Copenhagenize Glen Lennox Report 1 June 2018-ALL-optimized - page 9

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Mobility Behaviours
While household structure is shifting and vehicular
ownership expands across the country, not every American
has access to a personal vehicle or chooses to commute by
automobile. In 2014, the United States Department of Trans-
portation reported that 4% of American families and 18% of
individual households did not own
a vehicle. Reflected in household
and automobile trends, more and
more Americans are choosing to
live independently, many of which,
without a car. Looking towards
the future, communities must
accommodate this growing trend
of vehicle independent Americans,
by designing more walkable and
bikeable neighborhoods.
America has undergone a substantial spatial change over
the past fifty years as lower density community design
has shaped the nation and presents new housing and
mobility challenges to modern cities.
Developers, urban planners, and archi-
tects are embracing new design practices
to address challenges and plan for the
future – attempting to ensure we do not
continue to develop on additional arable
land and find ways to alleviate congestion
and isolation. The adoption of innova-
tive practices – such as Complete Streets
policies – transform neighborhoods into life-sized commu-
nities with more housing and transportation options for
all types of residents, ensuring access to green space and
essential amenities.
Once the image of a desirable community
for modern Americans, the low-density
communities of the suburbs pose
significant issues to modern cities
In 2014, the United
States Department
of Transportation
reported that 4% of
American families
and 18% of individual
households did not
own a vehicle
Integrating a mix of commercial and
residential units, as well as transit
and mobility-oriented design into
development projects all strive to
enhance the quality of life for current
residents and attract future residents.
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