• LoDo and the Central Platte Valley, Denver, Colorado
• Short North, Columbus, Ohio
• Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia
• Flamingo Park, Miami Beach, Florida
• Little Portugal, Toronto, Ontario
• Eisenhower East, Alexandria, Virginia
• The Pearl District, Portland, Oregon
• Downtown and Raynolds Addition, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
• Little Italy, San Diego, California
• Cambridgeport, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• Old Pasadena, Pasadena, California
WELL, HAVE YOU?
On a regular basis, we read Better Cities & Townsand this month in their newsletter they talk a lot about transit-oriented development, walkable cities and just plain good urban design. The cities above were featured in a book called Made for Walking and the basis of the book is a study on the above neighborhoods and why the neighborhoods in these cities are so successful. Well, based on the title of the book, y ou can probably guess, it’s because they are “made for walking”.
When cities, developments and neighborhoods put an effort towards connecting the different neighborhoods in a variety of walk-able ways, it almost always proves to be successful. What constitutes a walk-able neighborhood. Well, in our experience, it has been the following:
- People scaled streetscape elements including lamps, bike racks, architecture
- The architecture is also important, it has to be unique and speak to the neighborhood
- Retail, residential, restaurants, bars, coffee shops – they all need to be there
- Minimal vehicular circulation – meaning that one lane in each direction, or even a one-way street with one to two lanes
- Parking located on the back sides of the streetscape – behind buildngs
- Minimal parking located along the actual street
- Attractive streetscape furniture and places to gather with friends, associates
- Events, you need to have events on a regular basis to keep people coming back
So, do you have a downtown or neighborhood that needs help? We are experts at urban design and placemaking and are here for your reference.