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As a result, we have a very fine pedestrian and bikeway grid, which is a crucial encouragement to pedestrianism. However, we have severely limited the automobile to our main Neighborhood street.
The private Living Lanes allow us to attract what we call the middle third of the market - those buyers who want a more neighborly lifestyle but also want a lot of privacy. These are the buyers who like a little more neighborliness, but they still want conventional suburban houses with front accessed garages. We provide the best of all worlds:
- The quintessential cul-de-sac
- A narrow private lane that's safe for kids and tough on outside cars
- A neighborly cluster of houses with a shared gathering place and play place
- All combined with a conventional suburban house with front access garage.
This is a picture of Walnut Lane in Boulder, Colorado on Walnut Street, about a mile east of downtown Boulder. It is the quintessential Living Lane. This is the kind of fire engine a street should be designed for.
VIII AUTHENTIC NEIGHBORHOOD
A group of Pocket Neighborhoods along a public street constitutes a Neighborhood of 120 to 150 homes with 300 to 400 people. Within a typical Neighborhood, there are always several different types of housing. In the first Neighborhood, which constitutes all of Phase 1, there are
- Single family detached condo Living Court homes on the east side and
- Single family detached fee simple Living Lane homes on the west side
- And boulevard homes - fee simple.
Within each of these types of housing,
- There are homes that are designed for empty nesters,
- Some designed primarily for first-time buyers who are mostly singles or young marrieds without children, and
- Others designed primarily for first or second move-up buyers with small children.
The prices of homes within this one Neighborhood will range from $100,000 to $250,000.
While the Pocket Neighborhoods are usually relatively homogeneous, the Neighborhoods are generally somewhat heterogeneous with a rich diversity of ages, incomes, and family types - just like older small towns.
People need an identifiable special area to belong to. They need to be able to identify where they live as distinct from others. HomeTown is a series of identifiable neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood has its own unique identity like a small town. And each Neighborhood lives and feels like a small town.
Alexander's research has shown that identifiable neighborhoods share several common characteristics:
1. They have relatively small populations.
2. They are relatively small in land area.
3. They must be protected from high speed traffic and dominance by automobiles.
4. They must have boundaries such as green belts, parks, or other demarcations.
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More by Perry Bigelow
- The Spirituality of Sustainability
- Building and Development Philosophy: Cultural and Environmental Sustainability
- Energy and Environmental Building Association, 1999
- Think Differently - Think Creatively
- Bibliography - Neighborhood Planning, Community & Ecology