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The Interstate Service Plaza – A Stepchild of Travel Architecture

Klaus Philipsen, FAIA, publishes a blog, Community Architect. “This is an urban design, architecture and cities blog exploring design, art, culture, planning, transportation and cultural landscapes.” In this post, The Interstate Service Plaza, Klaus describes how the European interstate systems that preceded the US system incorporated “travel service centers” that were more efficient at supporting the speed of travel that was the intent of travel interstate. Although he does not weigh in on the issue of US interstates cutting through cities against the wisdom of designers like Robert Geddes, who envisioned the US system in the 1940’s, he does provide important insights concerning the poor land use and development patterns that work at cross purposes to the purpose of the US interstate system, rapid travel between cities.