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More walkable urban development is good. But is it good enough?

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Good post, Kaid. I respectfully disagree with Alex. There is a definite relationship that human beings have with the envelope of their immediate surroundings, and feelings of security, comfort, well-being (etc.) flow from that relationship. In urban settings, that's why some sense of enclosure can be good, but too much enclosure can be somewhat claustrophobic; it's why a human-scaled streetscape feels right, but a wind-swept, completely open street,sidewalk, or plaza usually feels unnerving; it's why single buildings with overwhelming bulk, well, overwhelm, but blocks which are less uniformly designed -- with interesting changes in height, setback, fenestration, and style -- do not. (This is, of course, not always true -- the wonderful, narrow streets of Prague or the always-lively Piazza San Marco in Venice tell that tale.) But along most urban streets, while good design ...

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