Wednesday, December 11, 2013

From The Atlantic Cities — What Your
Street Grid Reveals About Your City

"It's true that Manhattan lacks the elegant squares, axial boulevards and civic monuments around which other cities designed their public spaces. But it has evolved a public realm of streets and sidewalks that creates urban theater on the grandest level. No two blocks are ever precisely the same because the grid indulges variety, building to building, street to street."
In most cities with wide streets and big blocks precious little space is allotted to pedestrians, 30 percent of a city’s area is typically dedicated to moving cars – "not counting the parking lots that push some southern cities over 50 percent. Read more: "What Your Street Grid Reveals About Your City - Sarah Goodyear - The Atlantic Cities

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