A new StreetFilm on the amazing research of Donald Appleyard really brings to the front and center, the effect of traffic on community. People who live on heavily trafficked streets don’t know as many neighbors, and don’t even know very well what their street looks like.
Urban planners talk about the mobility vs. the place function of a street. Is the street more about moving traffic or is it more about being a great and beautiful place to hang-out? In the competition between getting around and this quality of a place… we need to strike a balance not only between the many users of the street, but between the traffic and the neighbors that live next to it.