What is the thinking behind building our cities in small square blocks? Venture to any city and what you find are little islands of homes surrounded by side streets that barely get used.
Couldn't we take out little sections and create a grid of larger rectangles? Drivers normally don't wade down side streets; they seek out a path of least resistance by finding the next major arterial because traffic flows faster thereon.
What is the point of having a massive network of intersecting side streets? Let's scale back the number of intersecting points, have cars go down an extra 1-3 blocks to make their turn, and replace those little sections with improvements.
These small strips could be used for home building, urban gardens, neighborhood parks or business space. Instead of pushing more growth out into the suburbs, we could make our cities more compact which would decrease traffic overall. It could even bring a municipality more money from property taxes while decreasing the amount spent on maintaining sparsely used infrastructure.