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people watching, window shopping, chance meetings, and conversation. In mixed-use blocks, no less important than retail are locations where people—especially residents—can hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively talk, such as coffee shops and pubs. These so-called “third places” enrich public life and allow casual contact in ways that don’t happen at home or at work. GUIDELINES The community must be built at a pedestrian scale— distances short enough to walk, and buildings close to the sidewalk. There must be destinations that draw people to use the sidewalk. Destinations must be reachable and interconnected by means of a continuous network of safe, convenient, comfortable, interesting sidewalks and paths. Offer people, especially residents, a variety of routes to walk to the same place—in a hurry, on a date, in the rain, at night. People on the sidewalk must feel safe from crime, traffic, and weather conditions. People need places to sit, sunny and shaded, built-in and movable, and places to stand out of pedestrian traffic and have a conversation, or use an ATM. In addition to benches and planters, bikes and bike racks, a lot more stuff takes up room on the sidewalks of the public realm: plan for mailboxes, news boxes, trash cans, traffic signal control boxes and masts, street lights, fire hydrants, fire department connections, ATMs, etc. “Third Places” enrich public life and allow casual contact in ways that don’t happen at home or at work.
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±³ U R B A N D E S I G N G U I D E L I N E S P R I N C I P L E S U R BA N D E S I G N 2. Revive the pleasant pastime of window shopping. Storefronts and shop interiors contribute greatly to the visual richness of the public realm. Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends. —Lewis Mumford Watching other people, and being watched, and chatting, is the core of the urban stroll. —David Sucher, author, City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city’s wealth of public life must grow. —Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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Sydney, Australia Adams Morgan, Washington DC D E S I G N R E V I E W D I S T R I C T S T a l l a h a s s e e - L e o n C o u n t y P l a n n i n g D e p a r t m e n t G A I N E S S T R E E T ±´ P R I N C I P L E S U R BA N D E S I G N 2. 2.c. Put Pedestrians First PRINCIPLE I n the Gaines Street districts, pedestrian comfort and safety have primacy over a driver’s convenience. Cars are accommodated, and parking is available, but in a walkable environment, all drivers are pedestrians-to-be. An active street life depends on density, and on the number and frequency of connections between buildings and the street. Greater density will bring an increase in pedestrian activity, extending the life of sidewalks beyond normal working hours, as the opportunities and reasons for people to be there grow. Building uses, the number
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