Does anyone know of any support (studies, experience, etc.) where building orientation has had a traffic-calming effect? I am working on a variance to required rear-yard setbacks that will allow a low-income housing development to be oriented in such a way as to reduce the monolithic appearance that would result from strict conformance with required setbacks. My gut feeling is that turning the buildings slightly will not only reduce the linear appearance of the development, but will also affect the way that drivers perceive the street, and cause them to slow slightly and pay more attention to their surroundings. Any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated.