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).
The shots were taken in the suburbs around Washington. Here are just a few examples:
Walking along Richmond Highway (US 1) in Fairfax County, VA
Waiting at a bus stop in Prince George's County, MD
Navigating a route near the Fort Totten Metro station
The route from the supermarket to the Prince George's Plaza Metro
An intersection hostile to pedestrians in Bowie, MD
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:
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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.