This resource is a 17-minute video providing narratives for efficient urban planning. It presents a case study on transportation infrastructure in Houston and the Netherlands and attempts to highlight the importance of designing not just car-centric facilities but also a great focus on pedestrian infrastructure such as sidewalks, green space, parks etc. to reduce road accidents, air pollution, and to also achieve environmental sustainability. It concludes that the Netherlands' transport model is environmentally fit for replication. Thus, this resource is recommended for teaching.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Civics
D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.12.6-8 Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular places.
D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ETS1: Engineering Design
HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.