Some images from Poundbury. Absolutely wonderful. The beauty is in the details, right down to the curbs ... I mean kerbs, as they say across the Great Pond.
Although there are benefits to having wide open roads a la America... In Britain, in situ recycling of roads only happens on(generally long straight stretches of) roads in the middle of nowhere. Even rural villages have roads that are too narrow (and bendy) to allow the machinary in and do a good job. Which makes some of the theory I've been looking at pretty useless. *sigh*BKM said:[4. Large fire trucks will not be able to drive down the street parallel.[/B]
I've been engaged in a philosophical battle with the consulting town engineer regarding road standards. In older parts of town, there's a relatively intact grid of dirt roads. Not only are there alternative routes to a destination, but there's room to pull off the surface and let other vehicles pass. New roads off the grid must be paved, but I think they should have the same unintentional advantages the dirt roads provide. Make 'em narrow, and let them meander within the right-of-way.Journeymouse said:
Although there are benefits to having wide open roads a la America... In Britain, in situ recycling of roads only happens on(generally long straight stretches of) roads in the middle of nowhere.
You obviously don't know many EMTs working for a commercial agency...been there done that in my former life! But we used to get 3 or 4 racing to breakfast before going on duty...ahhh the good ol' days or races and doing synchronized donuts in a snow covered parking lot...there's just something beautiful about seeing a couple of ambulances with thier lights on f*&^ing around in the snow.Has anyone ever seen two fire trucks or ambulances dragging to an emergency?
Journeymouse ... still see bowler hats in the UK? I have this mental impresion of these blue-suited, bowler-hait wearing businessmen walking across the Thames on some bridge.Tranplanner said:And from reading the article it seems like it is probably a bedroom community for really wealthy people who all commute to "The City" in their bowler hats and what not.
I've never seen any that I can remember - they're a bit out of fashion these days!Dan said:Journeymouse ... still see bowler hats in the UK?