This weeks #urbanist goodreads go block by block

This weeks #urbanist goodreads go block by block

What makes cities great? Did the size of city blocks spring to the forefront of your mind? Probably not, and that’s a shame because blocks are, um, the building blocks of great places. The length of a city block is one of the most important factors of a walkable city. Shorter blocks are more pleasant to navigate on foot, allow for more valuable corner lot real estate, and improve traffic flow. This week we explore why the size of a block is important, how to use the block as a jumping off point for urban revitalization, learn when to honor the street grid and when not too, and explore the urban history of Barcelona. The Importance of Block Size – D Magazine “So how long should blocks be? How big is too big? Not surprisingly, city block sizes vary greatly from city to city and even within different neighborhoods in any given city. If we look at some of the best interconnected and walkable neighborhoods (e.g., Greenwich Village in New York, Nob Hill in San Francisco, or our own Lower McKinney), we find the sweet spot to be about 250 to 450 feet. I would suggest that anything over 500 feet is unfriendly to pedestrian use.” Joe Esposito walks us through the benefits of small block sizes. How One Weekend in Dallas Sparked a Movement for Urban Change – Next City “Vacant lots. Empty storefronts. Run down buildings, and scantly used parking lots. Overly wide streets for driving. This is a disheartening scene that can be found in almost every American city. And while many urban neighborhoods are thriving, too…