Dead-end streets encourage recycling
"You walk out of your house in the morning and notice your neighbours
have put their recycling out. Do you A) make a mental note to recycle
more or B) ignore it entirely? A researcher from the University of
Southampton, UK, suggests that most people living in cities opt for B."
The situation was slightly different in cul-de-sac streets and shorter
streets of fewer than 15 houses. The shorter the street, the more
neighbours appeared to behave in the same way. The effect was most
pronounced in cul-de-sacs.
"There seems to be an influence of street architecture on the
community," says Shaw.
Comment: I'd imagine that a cul-de-sac or other dead end makes people
_feel_ more like they know their neighbours and are watching and
watched by them, even if in fact they don't talk to them so much.
Have there been other studies showing that neighbours in cul-de-sacs
and dead ends are more likely to know one another than those on long
I mean, it seems common sense that it'd be so, and perhaps it's
already part of the carfree city design of the book... Anyway I
thought it was interesting.
- On 2008-04-04, kyle3054 <KyleSchuant@...> wrote:
> Have there been other studies showing that neighbours in cul-de-sacsTo me the reference designs seems to be a grid-oriented one,
> and dead ends are more likely to know one another than those on long
> I mean, it seems common sense that it'd be so, and perhaps it's
> already part of the carfree city design of the book... Anyway I
> thought it was interesting.=20
albeit encouraging a more interesting non-rectangular grid.
However, buildings are situated in blocks around central
courtyards. Such a courtyard might form a community of sorts,
and the recycling bins could be shared between people located
around a courtyard instead of a street (perhaps located along a
semi-public path crossing the courtyard). It'd be interesting
to compare such a situation to the cul-de-sac one.
(As a side note, at my apartment building, I've found people
throwing regular waste and plastic bags in the bio-waste bin.
One can attribute not recycling and throwing everything in
the general waste bin as laziness and indifference, but this
seems sheer malice or illiteracy.)