The Real Reason Pedestrian Deaths Are Rising – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. 6,283 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in the United States in 2018 – the highest number of fatalities since 1990. But what’s causing this spike in pedestrian deaths, when driver deaths continue to decline? Cheddar explains the real reason why the numbers keep climbing. NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/18/business/economic-scene-are-bigger-vehicles-safer-it-depends-whether-you-re-passenger.html Governing.com https://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-SUV-rise-pedestrian-deaths.html Streetsblog https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/05/09/study-links-rise-of-suvs-to-the-pedestrian-safety-crisis/ GHSA https://www.ghsa.org/resources/Pedestrians20…

The Real Reason London’s Skyscrapers Are Oddly Shaped – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. London’s skyline is spotted with several distinctly shaped skyscrapers. Londoners have awarded these unique building with some quirky nicknames including the Gherkin, the Shard, and the Cheesegrater. But these now iconic buildings weren’t designed this way for purely aesthetic purposes. Further reading: Emporis https://www.emporis.com/buildings/138268/old-st-pauls-cathedral-london-united-kingdom Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/content/docs/get-involved/londons-image-and-identity-pdf/ CNN https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/world/st-pauls-london-protected-views/index.html313: Metropolitics https://metropolitiques.eu/Skyline-policy-the-Shard-and.html Office for…

What Happened To Solar Cars? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. In the 1980’s and 90’s, the solar car was deemed the future of transportation. Yet, just as quickly as it arrived, the solar car disappeared. But today, as the problems caused by our reliance on fossil fuels have grown, so has a demand for alternative sources of energy for our vehicles. While electric…

Why The Monorail Keeps Failing – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. The monorail was a staple of the futuristic depiction of modern transit. But it never truly got off the ground. Today, most can be found in Asian megacities like Chongqing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Mumbai or at airports and Disneyworld. (1) Rail System – http://www.railsystem.net/monorail/ (2) City Metric – https://www.citymetric.com/transport/can-simpsons-explain-why-monorails-never-took-form-transport-4733 (3) Train History –…

The Design Tricks Amazon Uses To Get You To Buy – Why You Buy

From Cheddar. It has been established that the floor-plan or layout of a store can be strategically designed to get shoppers to spend more. Think IKEA’s shopping maze. As retail traffic continues to migrate to digital, companies are changing how their sites are designed using principles of behavioral economics. Amazon in particular combines individual user…

How Dollar Stores Conquered America – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Dollar stores have conquered the United States, in an era where a “retail apocalypse” is slowly decimating brick and mortar retail shopping. The spread of these dollar stores is also deeply tied to issues of income inequality in the U.S. It’s argued that not only do these institutions benefit from poverty, but also…

How Glass Skyscrapers Conquered Our Cities – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. New York City has over 6,000 high rise buildings and for the last 75 years most of the skyscrapers built were constructed with glass facades. This trend has continued in cities across the world like London, Moscow, and Shanghai. But over the years, the drawbacks have become more prominent. They may look like…

The Rise And Fall Of The Drive-In Theater – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Drive-in theaters were a staple of American culture for the better part of the second half of the 20th century. But now, there are fewer than 300 remaining in the United States. So what happened? Advancements in technology like the television and VHS tape are partially to blame, but there’s more to the…

The Big Problem With Cloverleaf Interchanges – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Cloverleaf interchanges used to be the most popular type of interchange on American highways. But over the past 30 years, they’ve slowly been disappearing. What happened? Cheddar explains the history – and the future – of cloverleaf interchanges. Sources: LA Times FHWA.dot.gov Semantic Scholar Dispatch.com NJ.com New York Times Baltimore Sun VDOT Subscribe…