10 great streets and neighborhoods
Out of the 10 Great Streets for 2007, the Midwestern streets are:
Out of the 10 Great Neighborhoods, the one in the Midwest is:
- West Urbana, Urbana, Ill.
Now, it’s way too much to expect a Fort Wayne street or neighborhood to make this rarefied list. But the APA does us a great service by posting their guidelines for what makes a great street and a great neighborhood.
Think about Fort Wayne streets — Wells Street, East State Boulevard — and up-and-coming developments — Harrison Square, North River — as you read the guidelines. I’ll list a few below.
How does the street:
- Accommodate multiple users and connect to the broader street network?
- Accommodate social interaction, encourage pedestrian activity, or serve as a social network?
- Benefit from community involvement and participation (festivals, parades, open-air markets, etc.)?
How does the neighborhood:
- Capitalize on building design, scale, architecture, and proportionality to create interesting visual experiences, vistas, or other qualities?
- Accommodate multiple users and provide access (via walking, bicycling, or public transit) to multiple destinations that serve its residents?
- Foster social interaction and create a sense of community and neighborliness?
Great questions, and ones that can help a community evaluate how its streets and neighborhoods are doing.
— Jon Swerens