Great Streets

Great Streets

Book - 1993
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Which are the world's best streets, and what are the physical, designable characteristics that make them great? To answer these questions, Allan Jacobs has surveyed street users and design professionals and has studied a wide array of street types and urban spaces around the world. With more than 200 illustrations, all prepared by the author, along with analysis and statistics, Great Streets offers information on street dimensions, plans, sections, and patterns of use, all systematically compared. It also reveals Jacob's eye for the telling human and social details that bring streets and communities to life.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1993.
ISBN: 9780262100489
Branch Call Number: 711.41 JAC
Characteristics: 331 p. : ill., maps


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Rebecca_Kohn Apr 23, 2018

This is a book that developers, planners, and residents of Silicon Valley should read. As our region struggles with the mix of transportation changes, housing demand, and increased density of businesses and homes it is time to think seriously and in concert about how our choices can support walkable, engaging communities or consign us to concrete silos that don't promote interaction. Jacobs takes a global approach describes the features of cities around the world from Beijing to Zurich. He focuses on details ranging from trees to windows, benches to streetlights. Throughout the text, Jacobs focuses on the elements that promote social engagement and how urban design can support or prevent this crucial aspect of city life.

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