Just about every planner agrees that increased road connectivity is a good thing. But sometimes it is difficult explaining that to citizens.
I have a situation where one neighborhood has two entrances (each on a major arterial). A small group of dedicated homeowners want to close one of the entrances due to perceived cut-through traffic. We have explained to them the safety considerations (two emergency routes are better than one), practical considerations (improves resident access via better right-turn movements to useful destinations), legal considerations (we require it for neighborhoods over 200 homes), policy considerations (our Comprehensive Plan supports it) among others. But they don't buy into all that fancy talk.
Does anyone know of a short primer that explains the benefits of road and neighborhood interconnectivity. Yes, I can give them a copy of Anton Nelessen's "Visions of a New Amercian Dream" or some other new urbanist book, but I am looking for something more concise and directly to the point.
Thanks for any help.