Glossary of Neighborhood Terms

Glossary of Neighborhood Terms

A helpful guide to some of the latest terms used to describe this unique community.

Connectivity
-Interconnected street grid network disperses traffic & eases walking
-A hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys
-High quality pedestrian network and public realm makes walking pleasurable

Lot width – the average horizontal distance between side lot lines, measured at right angles to the lot depth line. The distance between the side lot lines, measured along a straight line parallel to the front property line or parallel to the chord of the front property line at the street yard setback line. (definedterm.com)

Passage  a pedestrian connector, open or roofed, that passes between buildings to provide shortcuts through long blocks and connect rear parking areas to frontages.

Walkable Communities – A walkable community will possess two attributes. First it will allow for an easy and safe walk between goods and services a community member or employee needs to access on a regular basis. Walkable communities will also make pedestrian activity possible, thus expanding transportation options, and creating a streetscape that better serves a range of users – pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and automobiles. To foster walkablity, communities must mix land uses and build compactly, and ensure safe and inviting pedestrian corridors.

Definition taken from The Language of Towns and Cities by Dhiru Thadani.

Walkable – Streets and places designed or reconstructed to provide safe and comfortable facilities for pedestrians, and are safe and easy to cross for people of all ages and abilities. Walkable streets and places provide a comfortable, attractive and efficient environment for the pedestrian including and appropriate separation from passing traffic, adequate width of roadside to accommodate necessary functions, pedestrian-scaled lighting, well-marked crossings, protection from the elements, direct connections to destinations in a relatively compact area, facilities such as benches, attractive places to gather or rest such as plazas and visual interesting elements.

Definition taken from The Language of Towns and Cities by Dhiru Thadani. 

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