|Re: Parking (more complete version)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Snyder-Grant (jimsghotmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 11:52:46 -0500|
(Pressed Send instead of Save by mistake on an incomplete version an hour ago..) The scoop on parking at New View (Acton MA): We had a number of households who really wanted drive-up parking. There were a variety of reasons, but most of these households (including mine) are one or more of: older, disabled, with multiple kids, or used to and comfortable with drive up parking. We ended up with about 1/2 of the houses, on one side of the site, having drive-up parking and/or attached garages. Our site is on a hill that has a steep section in the middle. Our main driveway snakes up one side of the hill, and drains into parking lots near the top and bottom of the hill. Houses at that side of the hill have drive-up parking: this is about 1/2 of our houses. The houses are arranged, roughly speaking, in 4 clusters. In all but one of these clusters, the area in the middle of the clusters is carfree, and the area between the clusters is car free, so that there is a big pedestrian area for informal socializing, kids play, etc. The cluster have the layout of cul-de-sacs, but instead of a road looping through each cluster, we have a sidewalk (aka Spring Peeper Lane). The houses that are farther from the parking lots generally enjoy better views and have less traffic noise, but they do have extra lugging to deal with. Many of these households share large wheeled carts that generally live near the parking lots or in front of co-owners houses. We also have a spine road up the middle of the hill that is accessible for emergency vehicles, and deliveries as needed. When we were doing individual site selection, acess or distance from cars was one of major factors determining who lived where. Are the people living in the car-access zones less involved in the informal life of the community? I would say yes, generally speaking. I do not know which came first though: sometimes the desire to have a car near by is because you know that you will be very busy with out-of-neighborhood life a lot, and in our burbs that generally means hopping in the car. (Exception: West Acton Center and Idylewild Farmstand are within walking distance). I'm on the car-side, and I mostly see people at more planned gatherings: picnics, potlucks, committee meetings, etc. I have fewer regular journies through the interior of the community. But, I expect that to shift after the common house is up. Sometimes I call us New View carhousing, because of all the time we spent thinking about cars. But wandering through the community last weekend, I realized how much I enjoyed our large car-free area and had started taking it for granted. --- jimsg [at] hotmail.com Jim Snyder-Grant (please excuse mandatory ad appended by my email provider) ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com
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