Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A diagonal crosswalk ("pedestrian scramble") intersection in Pasadena, California

I like that the crosswalks here have special treatments of brick pavers.

- Pedestrian scramble, Wikipedia

Like Georgetown, generally the sidewalks in Old Pasadena are too narrow for the volume of pedestrian traffic in the core of the commercial district there.

And despite how Old Pasadena is the poster child for paid parking seven days a week, and late into the evening, on Sundays, you can park for free by City Hall.

This is a nice illustration of prioritizing pedestrian movement over automobile traffic, which is a pro-city policy in keeping with the high levels of pedestrian traffic in the Old Town commercial district.

In most places, motor vehicle movement is prioritized regardless of the actual mode split and land use context.

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