A SYSTEMS ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK FOR PRELIMINARY LOCATION OF FREEWAYS IN URBAN CORRIDORS /ABRIDGEMENT/

IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE MAJOR FAULTS OF EARLIER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS IN ROUTE DESIGN AND SELECTION WERE THE INABILITY OF PLANNERS TO ACCURATELY DEFINE THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM IN A COMPREHENSIVE MANNER AND THE INAPPROPRIATE APPLICATION OF RURAL DESIGN CRITERIA TO THE MORE COMPLEX URBAN SCENE. IT IS FURTHER SUGGESTED THAT, IF FREEWAY PLANNING IS TO BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC VALUES, A METHOD, OR METHODS, MUST BE DEVELOPED THAT CAN IDENTIFY THE SOCIAL PROCESSES THAT PROVIDE BOTH OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITATIONS TO THE PRELIMINARY LOCATION OF FREEWAYS IN URBAN TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS. A DETAILED EXAMINATION IS MADE OF SOME OF THE METHODS THAT MAY BE USED TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACHES TO FREEWAY PLANNING. THE WORK OF CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH WORKERS IN THIS FIELD IS EXAMINED, AND IT IS SUGGESTED THAT, UNTIL MATTERS OF CRITERIA SELECTION AND UTILITY WEIGHTING HAVE BEEN MORE FULLY INVESTIGATED, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR PROPOSED METHODS MUST BE LIMITED. FINALLY, THE SIMPLE AMALGAMATION PROCESS ADVOCATED BY IAN MC'HARG AND THE SEQUENTIAL, HIERARCHICAL AMALGAMATION PROCESS DEVELOPED BY CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER AND MARVIN MANHEIM ARE DISCUSSED. AN EXAMINATION IS MADE OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN A SECTION OF NORTHERN MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WISCONSIN, AND THE STUDY AREA'S PROBLEMS, CHARACTERISTICS, AND ATTRIBUTES ARE IDENTIFIED. A LOCATION STUDY IS THEN CONDUCTED BY USING BOTH DESIGN METHODS. WHILE BOTH OF THE LOCATION METHODS HAVE SOME POTENTIAL TO ENCOURAGE A BROADER APPROACH TO FREEWAY PLANNING, IN THIS INSTANCE THE HIERARCHICAL METHOD APPEARED TO BE SUPERIOR. THE PAPER ENDS WITH A DISCUSSION OF HOW LOCATION METHODS CAN BE INTEGRATED INTO THE SYSTEMS APPROACH FRAMEWORK. IN MAKING ANY SUGGESTIONS, HOWEVER, THE WRITERS OF THIS PAPER RECOGNIZE THAT, DESPITE ANY IMPROVEMENTS IN METHODOLOGY, THE IMPORTANT STEPS IN ANY ANALYSIS ARE STILL THE ACCURATE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE FREEWAY LOCATION PROBLEM AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE PRIMARY VARIABLES INVOLVED IN THE LOCATION PROCESS. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: p 174
  • Monograph Title: Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors of Transportation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019692
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1972 12:00AM