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Liveable City

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on November 10th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #84, 4 November 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“What makes a liveable city?

1. A liveable city has walkable, mixed use, higher-density, mixed-income neighbourhoods where it is a pleasant, short walk to a store, an office, a transit stop, a friends’ house, a school or a park.

2. A liveable city has vibrant, exciting, sociable, human-scaled pedestrian experiences.

3. A liveable city has little or no wide, multi-lane, high-speed highway and road infrastructure within its central area. And few, if any, one-way streets … or cul-de-sacs.

4. A liveable city has modest, traffic-calmed, tree-lined streets with on-street parking. Few, if any, roads are larger than 3 lanes in size.

5. A liveable city has high-quality public squares and public parks.

6. A liveable city has quality,locally-owned cuisine — some of which feature outdoor cafes found on a vibrant sidewalk.

7. A liveable city has quality transit. The service is frequent and easy to use.

8. A liveable city has a quality nightlife. The city does not close down at 5 pm.

9. A liveable city has quality bicycle and pedestrian facilities and a large number of bicyclists and pedestrians. Life without a car is perfectly possible and enjoyable.

10. A liveable city has little in the way of surface parking — particularly FREE off-street parking.

11. A liveable city has a compact downtown full of higher-density housing and diverse retail.

12. A liveable city has quality culture(entertainment, speeches, arts, etc.) and a quality university.

13. A liveable city has a high degree of civic pride, and a tradition of working to protect their unique, treasured features.

14. A liveable city has magnificent historic architecture.

15. A liveable city has little in the way of … noise pollution.”

Ref: Dom Nozi See: Walkable Streets

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