Alison Grant |

The transportation experience in America is changing, but the way we build transportation is stuck somewhere back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, when the country was creating a massive interstate highway system.

That’s according to the keynote speaker at a town hall Monday night in Cleveland that examined Northeast Ohio’s transportation networks and how they might be shaped to create more livable communities.

“If you want your kids to stay in the area, you are going to build neighborhoods where people can get around both inside and outside of their cars,” said Beth Osborne, former acting U.S. assistant secretary of transportation and now a vice president of the advocacy group Transportation for America.

That means building transit in more places. It means sidewalks and bikeways in most places. And it means more space for car- and bike-sharing and café seating and less for parking, Osborne said. Read more