Multi-modal communities & “Complete” streets
Lately, as I make my daily rounds of previewing homes, I have taken to rating each home, on a scale of 1-5, for it’s “sense of neighborhood“. In contemplating what makes a great neighborhood, I ran across the following online article, featured on AARP Online .”Complete streets, are also referred to as multi-modal neighborhoods, by certain community planners. This morning I viewed one home, which I gave a rating of 1 (the best) in terms of having a great sense neighborhood. There were beautiful, mature, street trees, wide sidewalks that accomodated babies in strollers, elderly persons, as well as joggers. People, versus autos, dominated this urban landscape. In addition, there were picket fences, versus the higher chain link or privacy versions, hidden garages, landscaping for the benefit of passersby, a corner park, school and store.