MU Glossary

If we’re going to have a dialogue we’re going to need to speak the same lingo. This page will be up and running in the new year but will experience a continuing roll out process. Thanks.


car pool an arrangement between people to make a regular journey in a single vehicle, typically with each person taking turns to drive the others. a form of transit.

community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

core: the central or most important part of something.

district: an area within a municipality, especially one regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic.

incremental growth: the concept of small bets usually privately funded and directed that answers needs and attempts to predict value as it relates to growth and development of physical spaces.

neighborhood: the area surrounding a particular place, person, or object.

place: a location as well as a state of mind that is centered on being a physical space people want to be.

road: the function of a road is to connect productive places. You can think of a road as a refinement of the railroad — a road on rails — where people board in one place, depart in another and there is a high speed connection between the two.

street: The function of a street is to serve as a platform for building wealth. On a street, we’re attempting to grow the complex ecosystem that produces community wealth. In these environments, people (outside of their automobiles) are the indicator species of success. Successful streets are environments where humans, and human interaction, flourish.

stroad: a mash-up of these two types of paths. We like to call them “the futon of transportation” because, just as a futon is neither a particularly good bed nor a particularly good couch, a stroad is neither a particularly good road or a particularly good street.

transit: a system of conveyance that moves people from one point to another. It is important to recognize transit need not be purely public in operation or funding and that the means can range from a car to a train.

TOD: transit oriented development is a model of development that looks to link humans with transit options with the intent being increased density and decreased vehicle traffic.

walkability: the state of being able to reach multiple places in pedestrian mode.