For decades, we have been building transportation through communities, rather than creating communities through transportation. Streets designed only to move cars can work so much harder. They can certainly carry more people by more modes of transportation—but they can also become great places in their own right.
Instead of hiring big-name architects to design flashy new campus buildings in an attempt to attract students, universities should be spending their time and money on improving the quality and connectivity of their public spaces.
We don’t like to define ourselves by what we are against. We aren’t against skyscrapers, development, luxury housing, or cars. We are for places. There is no one human scale, but by engaging in a placemaking process, we can find the scale that works for every community.