54Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Can economic equity be physically facilitated?
- Apr 9, 2000
> >If you look at the way cities used to work, families occupiedYes! I think there is some impetus toward this kind of urban planning in the
> >buildings that were both home and work. Generally, the lower
> >floors were used for whatever the family business, and the
> >family (with apprentices) lived in the upper floors. Commute
> >time, approximately zero. The reference design permits this
US. Unfortunately this approach is being taken only with new developments; it's
too bad that people could not live in the rooms above the shop in old towns.
There are buildings in which the upper floors are condemned but the ground floors
are used as shops. What a waste.
I flinch when I see subdivisions spring up in what was countryside but I would love
to see urban developers at work. If only builders could or would exploit the city
buildings as they do rural areas!
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