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My friend Cheryl Cort has long been one of our region's best and most dedicated voices for smart growth and sustainable communities.  She also is a terrific documentary photographer and recently shared her collection, What Were They Thinking? (Photos of bad urban design and willful ignorance that people need to walk, ride transit and bicycle). 

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The shots were taken in the suburbs around Washington.  Here are just a few examples:

  walking along Richmond Highway (US 1) in Fairfax County (by: Cheryl Cort)

  Walking along Richmond Highway (US 1) in Fairfax County, VA

  bus stop in Prince George's County (by: Cheryl Cort)

  Waiting at a bus stop in Prince George's County, MD

  walking outside the Fort Totten Metro station (by: Cheryl Cort)

  Navigating a route near the Fort Totten Metro station

  the route from the supermarket to the Prince George's Plaza Metro (by: Cheryl Cort)

  The route from the supermarket to the Prince George's Plaza Metro

  huge intersection with no pedestrian provisions in Bowie, MD (by: Cheryl Cort)

  An intersection hostile to pedestrians in Bowie, MD

  contemplating a safe way out of the Naylor Road Metro (by: Cheryl Cort)

  Contemplating a route from the Naylor Road Metro

Those pretty much speak for themselves without elaboration from me.  Visit the larger collection of What Were They Thinking? here.  And, while you're at it, you may also 'enjoy' Chuck Wolfe's 'six postcards not to send an urbanist,' just posted on his terrific blog myurbanist:

  one of 'six postcards not to send an urbanist' (courtesy of Chuck Wolfe)

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Kaid Benfield writes occasional Village Green commentary on DailyKos and (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment on NRDC's Switchboard.  For daily posts, see his Switchboard blog's home page. 

 

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Originally posted to Kaid at NRDC on Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 06:13 AM PDT.

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