Taking It to the Street

A design firm has embarked on a series of field trips to document the street dimensions in small towns. This article describes their experiences. The goals were to build their case study library while doing some creative marketing. Before each trip, they researched each town to learn about its history and demographics and contacted the town's planner or manager. Once at the town, the design team recorded the information they gathered for each street on a prepared form. They typically measured three to five residential and commercial streets and took photographs. They also took note of what worked and what could have been improved for the streets. The collected information is useful for charrettes and public workshops. Based on the findings from their field trips, the design team has concluded that current zoning ordinances are hindering the development of compact, walkable downtown areas with admirable streets. Alternative means of planning such as form-based codes could help streets regain their importance as public spaces rather than just serving utilitarian purposes.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-34
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01155669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2010 4:51PM