The underlying spark for this post is Jane Jacobs’ argument against suburbanization and the need to shape cities by way of tight-knit (walkable) neighbourhoods. The benefits of doing so?
2) Sense of community / belongingness (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)
3) Safer streets (people are always out on the streets, creating natural surveillance)
4) Healthier citizens
5) Livelier streets
6) Local business traffic
Therefore, cities should work with urban planners to design them in such a way that creates not only economic growth, but lasting energy for people to live in. Build in terms of neighbourhoods and put things in the area that matter to people and meet economic goals. Vibrancy would be restored on so many levels.
Inspiration: Take to the streets.