The darkened areas are parks. The small
darkened area on the left is a paved town square. You could
add some smaller squares and parks here and there as well.
The wide, double-lined streets are Arterial Streets. The
single black lines are Really Narrow Streets.
Although most of the streets here are Really Narrow
pedestrian streets, almost all of the blocks have at least
one side adjacent to an Arterial Street. An entrance to
enclosed parking can be put on the side facing the Arterial
Street, so that cars can enter and exit without having to
drive on the Really Narrow Streets. Vehicles will be allowed
on the Really Narrow Streets, but, seeing as they would have
to share the road with people walking, and also there's no
place to park there, the main reason that motorized vehicles
would be on the smaller streets is for deliveries and
This site has about four million square feet. At 60%
building footprint, and an average height of four stories,
that would mean about 9.6 million square feet of space here.
That is a lot, although some of it would be used for
parking. The typical parking treatment would be something
This is an example for a residential apartment building, but
it could also be an office or retail/commercial type
building. The parking is integrated inside the building, so
we can avoid any outdoor parking lots or ugly "giant
concrete box" parking structures.
22, 2012: How to Make a Pile of Dough With the Traditional
City 8: Shared Parking
The buildings along the perimeter will be in the Manhattan
or 19th Century Hypertrophic style, which is to say, up
against the sidewalk with no "green space" buffer in front.
You can add more square feet by building a little higher and
adding some highrises here and there. Alternately, you could
make some of the streets into single-family detached
residential streets, like this:
Make a Pile of Dough With the Traditional City 5: The New
Townhouses would also be fine, at roughly double the density
of SFDR housing.
1, 2012: How To Make a Pile of Dough With the Traditional
City 9: Townhouses With Parking
For comparison and inspiration, here are some aerial photos
of dense Traditional Cities. The width of the photos is
about the same as our plot size here.
Kyoto, Japan. The photo is about 950 meters across.
Manhattan. The photo is about 930 meters across.
Paris. The photo is about 750 meters across.
Venice. The photo is about 950 meters across.
Look at the street patters, the size of the blocks, the
locations of parks and so forth.
Basically, we want to create a place with the character (and
design elements) of these famously successful Traditional
City environments, while also including adequate parking for
all involved. (Manhattan isn't a Traditional City, but
rather a 19th Century Hypertrophic city. Nevertheless,
because we are including the possibility of Manhattan-style
highrises here, along the wider Arterial Streets, our design
also includes a bit of Manhattan flavor.)
Here is what the streets in our design are supposed to look
A typical street in Venice. The width is about thirty
feet. This is a Really Narrow pedestrian street, with no
automobile roadway, and no sidewalks. The "black line"
streets on our design would look something like this.
Building height is 3-6 stories.
A contemporary commercial street in Tokyo. The width is
about 18 feet. No sidewalks and NO CARS.
This is a quieter, more residential street in Kyoto, with
townhouses and small shops. The width is about ten feet.
A street in Dublin, Ireland. Another Really Narrow
pedestrian street, although a bit wider here at perhaps
This is more of an Arterial Street, with a segregated
automobile roadway of roughly two lanes in the middle, and
A cozy Really Narrow pedestrian street in Paris. Do you
see why our design goal is 80% Really Narrow pedestrian
streets? They are so much fun.
Width is about 20 feet, building height is about four
This street in Barcelona is more of an Arterial Street,
with two or three lanes of traffic on a segregated
automobile roadway. Ideally, we would have no onstreet
parking. Sidewalks on either side, and some trees.
Building height is about six stories.
Try to imagine it all in your head. What would this 93-acre
place look like when we are done with it? It should be as
much fun as living in Barcelona or Tokyo.
Way better than a big box shopping center.
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