|Re: Pedestrian orientation.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 10:41 CDT|
Sharingwood is not a pedestrian community, we have a central cul-de-sac road and people have built houses to their own desires, with or without garages. Between the hours of 7-9am and 5-5:30 is when 95% of the traffic occurs on our road as people drive off to work and back. Awhile back there was an initiative to see if we could get people to park at the entrance and make the road a pedestrian place. No one was interested. I have given maybe 200 tours of Sharingwood in the last couple of years. Less than 10% of the tours the issue of our lack of being a pedestrian community came up, mostly from people from out of state. The reality is, who wants to walk a long distance in the rain?(or snow, or heat or whatever). As a parent of two small kids I often arrive with sleeping child in car and I am glad I can drive right up to the front of my house. Having said this, I suspect that our second phase will have a large pedestrian element to it, much more so than our first phase does, and I also suspect that some of the houses will have attached garages where people can drive right up to the house. One does not preclude the other and having both options available might be the best choice. People get infatuated with the Danish architecture of Cohousing as promoted by MacCamant and Durret and seem to forget that Americans have a very different culture and relationship to our cars than any other culture. The further you get from the cultural norm, the harder it may be to resell units in the future. There is an apartment complex in Seattle which bills itself as a "pedestrian village" where cars are on the outside perimeter. I visited a friend who lives there and the demographics are interesting. As far as my friend knew, she had never seen any elderly and only two out of 25 units had small children. Since the rents are not particularly higher in this complex I got to wondering if a pedestrian setting is simply not age friendly. Musings on a Monday Morn. Rob Sandelin Puget Sound Cohousing
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