Transit guru Jarrett Walker talks about how predictions of the future are often distracting and loaded when it comes to planning transportation networks. Instead, he says that geometry can show how transportation networks will perform now and in the future since geometry is a fixed variable. Walker also makes other points in his discussion, such as developing transit networks that focus on the liberty of riders to move about an area and that land use planners should be thoughtful in locating dense nodes and urban villages so that transit can effectively serve them.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.