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Toward a pattern language of corridors

Neal Payton

Toward a pattern language of corridors

Automobile-oriented thoroughfares are the dominant form of corridors in modern urban America. Finding a way to tame those corridors—making them multimodal and valuable for many kinds of users—is a prime task for urban planners, jurisdictions, land developers, and traffic engineers.

These corridors suffer from the tremendous inertia of 20th Century planning and road building practices. Developing a pattern language1 of design strategies, from incremental street reform to building more walkable thoroughfares from scratch, is critical to making better corridors for the 21st Century.

In this article, we describe five design and implementation ideas that could be repeated in many locations to create more equitable and sustainable, socially and economically robust corridors.

Read the article on CNU's Public Square.

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