Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities

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This work examines how street systems have changed in the USA, from the early 1880s to the 1990s. Organized by era, it shows the influence of the growth of technology, and the social responses to that technology. The authors present strategies, and argue for standardized street design.

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How Street Design can Make--or Break--a Community! How do street standards and layouts affect neighborhood character and livability?; How did residential street design standards come to exist and how have they changed over time?; How do residential street design approaches differ, from the winding paths of early picturesque suburbs or the openness and flow of the checkerboard grid, to the disconnected privacy of branching cul-de-sacs or the communal space of shared street?; What strategies and street design guidelines can designers, planners, and engineers use to reduce sprawl and reestablish a sense of community space? These are just some of the thought-provoking issues that are addressed in this unique, extensively illustrated book that explores the major impact that the design and layout of residential streets has on the character and quality of cities and suburbs. The authors examine the changing nature of street design in America and Great Britain over the past two centuries, showing how streets have changed over the years in response to social concerns and new technology, as well as aesthetic values. Drawing on the lessons learned from over 140 illustrative examples of streets and street patterns, the authors go on to recommend an approach to residential street design that is less rigidly controlled and more flexible, and that responds to local conditions.

About the Author:

Michael Southworth is professor of city design and planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Eran Ben-Joseph is assistant professor of landscape architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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