by Nathan Gottier
Traffic Calming is the broad title for a practice of street design. The goal of these designs is to "Prevent motorized traffic from killing other street functions by virtue of speed". There are two main ways to calm the streets and make them safer. The first is volume control. For this, I observed the neighborhood Eastman, Elder, and Cawfield Street in Grove Hall.
A car driving on Eastman Street. Driving down the middle of the street.
Furthermore, Cawfield and Elder Street are both one-way streets. This eliminates the usefulness of the neighborhood as a shortcut for traffic. The best way for volume control is a network of roads like this network. If you control several of the streets, but still leave a road cutting through that thru traffic can use, the vehicles will use that road and it will still be a dangerous neighborhood. This network is successful in application and upon speaking to a resident, she said that almost all cars that drive past her house are locals and live in the neighborhood.