As you know, most of what has been built in the last 80 years looks like what’s pictured in the top left-hand corner of this image. Here’s a summary of how it happened, and how it literally became illegal to build anything else, no matter if developers and investors wanted to to build, say, cool urban villages.
The rest of the image is what cities and developers are beginning to invest in, as highlighted in Dover Kohl’s HomeTown Plan in the previous blog. The fundamental difference is that the newer trend is designed for people first, cars second. The reason why is simply that this back to the future model is much more profitable for the city, investors, businesses and residents alike.
This week we’ll take a look at understanding the elements of what makes a great city plan for building cooler towns.