I'm sure this conversation is out there somewhere, but after spending a week in Topeka it didn't take long for me to get hit with how bad the planning is for the city.
Overall the streets hit me as the bad planning aspect, but the lack of urban renewal and over concentration of strip retail add to the list.
Maybe as an outsider I was jsut more sensative to it, but the road conditions were horrible, some roads in neighborhoods had no curbs, a lot of the main roads cut from four lane arterial to two lane collector almost randomly.
My personal favorite was driving up a small hill in the right lane at 40 mph and cresting the hill to see a curb in my lane. It was in the middle of the street, not a decel lane, or intersection, just something to force you into a garage.
It looks like the city was built, post war housing boom happended, then for a long time there was nothing but minor county housing projects.
Then suddenly the "new" part of town springs up with an overload of retail. There just seems to be no easy way to get around town.
When you visit a town what hits you first to say the town is well planned or needs a little help?