27 Jun '11, 6am

One of my old favorites: Making my neighborhood more walkable, sociable, sustainable, and safe

One of my old favorites: Making my neighborhood more walkable, sociable, sustainable, and safe

This weekend, I wrote a somewhat abstract post about how America's built spaces prevent many Americans from connecting with the supportive social networks essential to health and happiness. Let's zoom from the lofty down to the concrete. Let's talk about my neighborhood. I live in the Bitter Lake area of Seattle. (In the early 20th century, an adjacent sawmill dumped so much tannic acid into the lake that horses wouldn't drink the water -- thus the name.) It's zoned as an "urban village," but at least for now that designation is, er, aspirational. Most of it isn't mixed use, but it's not quite suburban. I guess it's one of those "inner-ring suburbs" you hear about. It was developed in the 1950s-'70s. Here's my bit (with current public space in green): 68 As you can see it’s a fairly discrete area, bounded on four sides by busy arterials. Inside those arterials, there’s no ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2010-04-05-making-my-neighbo...

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