Fairview Addition is less autoist and is more walkable.
The first house at Fairview Addition is going up, and you can already tell a lot about the direction for basic mobility and for the pleasures of walking in the built environment.
And you can see the house in the distance.
|Foursquare Style - The Houses of Grant Neighborhood|
This example is quite large. It is broader than typical examples from Grant, and has a third story with the dormers. (The Paulus House on Church Street has a similar mass and form, however, so it's not out of scale.)
And look at the front porch and its shorter set-back from the sidewalk and street. That's a sociable front door!
|Big Foursquare with wide multi-use path along New Strong Road|
|At Reed Road, Lindberg (top) and|
New Strong Road (bottom) both have an MUP
The MUP works well when there is little walking and biking activity, but it will be something to watch as the projects are built out, and user densities increase.
In any case, at Fairview Addition there is already a set of sidewalks also in place, and so there will be multiple choices for walking.
|A semi-detached garage is in back with bonus space on top|
Above the garage is also some "bonus" space. I was hoping it might be a granny flat, but the plan - the "Emery" I believe - identifies it only as "bonus." (In total, not including the bonus, it has 4 bedrooms and 3 or 4 baths for 3500 square feet. It's a big house, and the side elevation shows how the garage does alter and reduce its total harmony.)
Back on Pringle Creek Road, the autoism returns with a vengeance.
|Leslie Middle School is right here! - but we still post 40mph|
and require a wide road with a center turn pocket
(The foursquare is immediately to the left of the bus)
The design and posting also probably means that the 85th percentile speed is somewhat higher than 40mph, so at least 15% of drivers are likely going faster than 40mph.When we choose urban street design speed, we choose how many peds it's OK to kill in a crash http://t.co/lletYPL1Oi pic.twitter.com/LDdcQUt8tO— Jeffrey Tumlin (@jeffreytumlin) April 7, 2015
When a driver going 40mph or more strikes a person on foot or on bike, that person is almost certain to die.
If we want safer roads and streets, we will have to be willing to tame our roads like this.
The sun was a good reason to check in on the Minto Bridge this week.
|Thursday, March 31st - about noon; the river at about 10.5 feet|
|Inset, the river at about 19 feet on December 17th|
Main photo, the river at about 25 feet on the 19th
With trees beginning to leaf out with the young, green glow, make sure you get out to enjoy the sun this weekend.
* There's a sense in which the two developments might be competing, but on the whole it's a good thing because it gives buyers more choice and it shows the viability of the whole redevelopment concept. The total effect should be additive, not zero-sum.