Really bad traffic

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We’ll be talking about sprawl and traffic next time. As bad as I-35 can get for Texas State students, at least you’re not stuck in the unending traffic jams of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In our discussion of traffic congestion, we’ll be looking at data from the Texas A&M Traffic Institute. Their methodology is rigorous, but not without critics, such as the number crunchers at City Observatory who have calculated a Cappucino Congestion Index.

Next idea: in some places, cities have revamped formerly car-centric roadways and areas to make them more pedestrian friendly, or to remove the cars entirely. Here’s a slide show of Google street view images showing some examples of such changes.