14 Nov '11, 5pm

Diamond in the rough, or a futile attempt to engineer walkability

Diamond in the rough, or a futile attempt to engineer walkability

You are looking at something called a “diverging diamond” interchange. Don’t ask me to explain how it works or why it’s called that by civil engineers. This particular one, west of Springfield, Missouri, marks the intersection of two major freeways. And it’s gaining some internet notoriety for its design, which includes either an earnest attempt to create some walkability in a place that is ridiculously unwalkable no matter what you do to it, or a pro forma attempt to comply with new engineering standards regardless of context, depending on how you look at it. The location is a place as American as apple pie with, starting in the southeast quadrant and going clockwise, a Waffle House and Econo-Lodge; a Walmart Supercenter; and a Lowe’s. (There’s not much going on in the northeast quadrant.) My pal Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns has started a bit of firestorm by going after t...

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