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Livable neighborhoods allow local communities to flourish, discourage crime, and allow for a healthier lifestyle.

They come about either through a traditional pre-car infrastructure and layout of streets and houses, or through approaches to urban design and planning that draw their inspiration from these older neighborhoods - e.g. Traditional Neighborhood DevelopmentW).

More specifically, such neighborhoods can be created through:

  • Mixed use - appropriate commercial use
  • Walkability - pedestrian-friendly design
  • Cycle paths
  • Transit hubs within easy walking distance of everyone in the community
  • Fast and reliable public transport
  • Public space
  • Traffic calming such as chicanes and shared streets

Activities to encourage the new mindset can bring the community together:

  • Carfree days
  • Street parties
  • For the more radically inclined: Reclaim The StreetsW events.
  • Food garden activities

High density neighborhoods[edit | edit source]

While high density city living offers many advantages in lifestyle and sustainability (see Green Manhattan) there is typically much less sense of being neighbors, compared to well designed medium density.

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Created March 2, 2011 by Chris Watkins
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