Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Streets

The sustainable urban planning model is blowing up in NYC as reports are written about how to retrofit the city to be more friendly towards non-motorized transportation. Two amazing reports have been published recently about the streets of New York City:
What Makes a Great Street? (

Access & Linkages
* Easy to cross the street
* Sidewalks accommodate pedestrians and activity comfortably
* Multiple transportation options

Uses & Activities
* There are reasons to linger
* Ground floors are welcoming to passers-by
* Mix of restaurants, stores, and services

Comfort & Image
* Local and cultural identity is reflected
* Good seating, lighting, trees, and other amenities
* Clear signage with local information

* People are inclined to gather
* Sense of pride and ownership
* Presence of children and seniors