On Immigrant Street

This article discusses how immigrants are remaking cities and suburbs all across the United States. Although much of the physical impact has been informal, urban design theorists and professionals are beginning to debate and test the idea of drawing on the best aspects of the Latino or Asian use of space and urban design and welding it to the reality of the United States. Latin American immigrants typically come from societies that emphasize public space, such as the plaza and the market. In the United States, these immigrants are reviving the street as a playground, a marketplace, a social center and a democratic space. For example, areas of the public realm such as sidewalks are being used as labor markets and vending areas. Empty or underused storefronts are being turned into ethnic supermarkets, clothing stores and restaurants by Asian and Latin American immigrants. Urban designers are beginning to look for ways to build on these trends by constructing healthy mixed-income, mixed-use communities in urban and older, inner-ring suburban communities.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 4-9
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  • Accession Number: 01013327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 11:38PM