Design/Development Principles for Livable Suburban Arterial Roadways

Principal Investigator(s):

William Morrish, Former Program Director, Metropolitan Design Center


  • Carol Swenson, Former Research Fellow, Metropolitan Design Center

Project summary:

Achievement of the Metropolitan Council's growth management goals will depend, in large part, on the ability of first-and sevond0ring suburban communities to remain competitive and attractive as places to live and do business. Future transportation and land use practices along the regions principal and minor arterial network will have a significant impact on this ability and are the subject of this proposal. This research project will focus on the network of inter-suburban arterial roadways that link and underpin the visibility of community and retail/employment centers, yet traverse large areas of residential land use. The study will seek develop: 1) a typology of road segments found within the principal and minor arterial network using transportation and land use characteristics 2) GIS-based planning tools and 3) type-specific road design, urban design, and development principles that support livable community transportation and land use planning at the subregional level.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2000031
  • Start date: 12/1999
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Environment and Energy
  • Topics: Urban Transportation

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