PBS released their latest documentary on the future of US transit planning titled Blueprint America: Road to the Future. In it, they profile Denver’s sprawl and contrast it with Portland’s multi-modal planning. They go through the process of federal spending which promoted car-only modes, where the US Government would give .90 cents on the dollar to any highway project. Conversley, Portland bucked the trend in the 1970’s, and through a lot of hard work, was able to get those federal dollars transferred into streetcar and bicycle infrastructure. The results are incredible. The show includes an interview with the head of bikeportland.org and New York City’s planner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Blueprint America: Road to the Future