A lot of people feel that they want to live in a cul-de-sac, they feel like it's a safer place to be. The reality is yes, you're safer - if you never leave your cul-de-sac. But if you actually move around town like a normal person, your town as a whole is much more dangerous.
Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado co-authored a study that compiled data on 230,000 crashes over 11 years in 24 mid-sized towns in California. The safest neighborhoods all tended to be built prior to 1930 on more traditional interconnected grids. Read on at the Atlantic.