The secret to great streets is that there is no secret, that great streets were once the norm, that making them is easy, and that we can have them again, even in America, if we want them.
This is the message of a new book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley), by Victor Dover and John Massengale. But while streets that generate active cities are not hard to build, they are against the law in many places (in America, especially).
Getting around those laws is what makes it difficult to maintain or regenerate great streets, turn poor streets into great streets and build great streets anew. All are possible by following the instructions in Street Design.
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