In a tradition that goes back through Lewis Mumford starting in the 1930s
to Paolo Soleri in the 1950s and Richard Register from the 1960s on, urban
design theorists and builders have urgently advocated for cities for people,
“Slow Streets”, a term coined in 1980 by Register – seemed thoroughly generic at the time – preceded “slow city”, “slow food” and “slow money” by decades. Milvia Slow Street meanders between University Ave and Cedar St, slowing traffic for six blocks along this bicycle boulevard and creating safer spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike. Early traffic studies followed by periodic observation shows that speeds continue to be slower than before the improvement, and motor vehicle traffic volumes are also lower. In addition, the street landscaping increased the attractiveness of the neighborhood.