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A sensible approach to urban development.


A sensible approach to urban development.

Neighborhood Units Matter | PlaceMakers. Read more

“Urban Design is concerned with the practice of designing, repurposing and revitalizing 3-dimensional places. These place types are described inCharter of the New Urbanism principles, as, “The neighborhood, the district, and the corridor are the essential elements of development and redevelopment in the metropolis. They form identifiable areas — centers, edges and in-between — that encourage citizens to take responsibility for their maintenance and evolution. Neighborhoods should be compact, pedestrian-friendly, and mixed-use. Districts generally emphasize a special single use, such as airports, campuses, and industry. Corridors are regional connectors of neighborhoods and districts; they range from boulevards and rail lines to rivers and parkways.” Personally, I add ‘downtowns’ as another essential element of city-making.”

Pedeestrian-friendly should lead to car-free in actual communities where cars can be relegated to the periphery just as they are at malls or stadiums.

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