RECENT POPULATION TRENDS AND THEIR HIGHWAY IMPLICATIONS

POPULATION STATISTICS AND OTHER MATERIAL PRESENTED PROVIDE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO BECOME A MORE AND MORE URBANIZED NATION. THE PRESENT POPULATION MIGRATION FROM THE CENTRAL CITIES DOES NOT IMPLY A CORRESPONDING DECLINE IN THE TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS OF THESE CITIES. IN ALL INSTANCES WHERE THE POPULATION OF THE CENTRAL CITY DECLINED DURING THE LAST DECADE, IT WAS MINOR IN COMPARISON TO THE POPULATION GROWTH OF THE AREA OUTSIDE THE CITY. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE HIGHWAY NEEDS OF THE CENTRAL CITIES COULD NOT DECREASE AS LONG AS THE DAYTIME POPULATION CONTINUES TO EXCEED THE RESIDENT POPULATION BY AN EVER-INCREASING MARGIN. AS THE OUTLYING AREAS CHANGE IN CHARACTER AND BECOME INCREASINGLY URBAN, THE DEMANDS FOR ARTERIALS, SECONDARY, AND LOCAL STREETS, ACCORDING TO SOME AUTHORITIES, WILL INCREASE AT A SOMEWHAT FASTER RATE THAN THE POPULATION. IT BEHOOVES THE HIGHWAY PLANNER AND ADMINISTRATOR TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE CHANGING CHARACTER OF THE POPULATION--ITS MAGNITUDE, DISTRIBUTION, AGE, INCOME, AND EMPLOYMENT CHARACTERISTICS--SO THAT THE HIGHWAY NETWORK OF TOMORROW, FOR WHICH HE IS RESPONSIBLE TODAY, WILL BE GEARED TO MEET THE NEEDS THAT WILL BE THRUST UPON IT. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 40, pp 1-33, 16 FIG, 9 TAB, 13 REF
  • Authors:
    • KANWIT, E L
    • Todd, T R
  • Publication Date: 1961

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 9-13, 1961.
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1972 12:00AM