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    Published on 19 Dec 2011 7:00 AM
    1. Housing
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    UrbaneSprawler writes:

    I'm curious to get opinions on this. In the sketch below it shows a multifamily development where the units on the bottom front (with a 30' setback) an arterial street with traffic in the range of 30,000 vpd. Above these units are parking, followed by garages, and then an internal street system. My opinion would be that this south half of the photo would be better off "flipped" with the bottom units fronting the internal street and the parking lot and garages face the arterial. The planners around the office have dismissed this concept. I suspect it's due to wanting to avoid showcasing the back of garages and parking along the arterial street and perhaps making the arterial street feel more pedestrian friendly as a result (though it may be fenced anyway and then no longer visible). In my non-planner view, the units would benefit noise-wise from being further setback from a busy roadway and the units would help better "frame" the internal street system, which without units on both sides of the internal street, loses an opportunity to create a more vibrant internal street system and internal neighborhood as a whole. What am I not getting I guess in having my opinion? ...
    Published on 16 Dec 2011 8:00 AM
    1. Practitioners and People
    2. Urban Design

    By Perry Norton FAICP

    It may be a tad bit contrived to set up Garreau v. Duany as a symbol of the conflict, but there is a conflict, a historical one, which is represented by the products which these two have presented.

    In Edge City, Garreau looks out and views the post WWII evolution of the built environment in our metropolitan regions: first the outmigration to the Levittowns and the Park Forests, then the auto-oriented shopping malls, then the nice clean electronic ratables and landscaped office parks. He sees a new coalescence of urbanized nodes (e.g., Tysons Corner), the product of free flowing free enterprise, he gives them a name, and he calls it good. He credits it to the deeply rooted good sense of the general public to know what is going to work.

    What Garreau touched off was resuscitation of a debate almost as old as the profession itself: sprawl development v. planned development. ...
    Published on 08 Dec 2011 6:00 AM
    1. Architecture
    2. Urban Design
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    In 2002, City of Sound was among the first generation of planning/urbanism-related blogs to appear on the Web. Nine years later, City of Sound continues to be regularly updated, with posts and photos revolving around the themes of cities, architecture, design, media and culture. ...
    Published on 29 Nov 2011 7:00 AM
    1. Urban Design

    FueledByRamen writes:

    I'm looking for examples of commercial corridors in suburban settings that maintain a strong sense of place. Ideally, corridors that:
    • Are pedestrian/bicycle friendly
    • Have a good public/private interface along the streetscape, even with minimal parking between bldgs and ROW
    • Are fairly high intensity without being very high density (i.e., few multistory buildings)
    • Easily accessed by car
    • Along a major (4-6 lane) arterial (bonus points if its a State Highway!)
    • Mixture of commercial uses (retail, dining, office) and maybe some residential
    I am NOT looking for corridors where 3+ story mixed use buildings all pulled right up to the ROW line. Also--again, ideally--it would be great if these corridors are well-enough studied that I can find photos online.

    See the responses here. ...
    Published on 22 Nov 2011 6:00 AM
    1. Economic Development
    2. Urban Design
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    From the site: Terrains Vagues was established as an independent private initiative; a thinktank escorting vacant urban landscapes during their repositioning. Founded with the belief that cultural concepts can succeed where conventional approaches have not, terrainsvagues incubates vacancy strategies into cultural concepts able to underpin larger scale private investment. Through creative management of vacant land, we inspire new discussion about its future potential elevating land management from what is a stop gap measure for many cities into the largest opportunity for their reinvention.

    The main goal of the project is finding answers to help find a new purpose for the East Side of Buffalo, New York, an area of expanding urban prairie in an otherwise recovering American city. ...
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