“If you think the highest and best use of a street is to move as many cars as fast as possible, shrinking the pavement probably seems counterintuitive, if not downright loony.

But it’s starting to happen here and there, in Madison, Milwaukee, suburban Green Bay and neo-traditional subdivisions around the country. Hooray for the “skinny streets” movement. It’s helping to make neighborhoods safer for children and pedestrians, encourage more compact development and save resources. If only the boomlet would expand into our own sprawling metro suburbs, with residential streets as wide as airport runways.”

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