Multcolib Holgate Picks: Alley Allies
Annotation:Over the last five years, a new & exciting wave of development has focused on the alleys of American & European cities....Alleys are experiencing a rebirth that casts them as vibrant pedestrian-centric corridors running through our cities. This project will focus on alleys within the Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell neighborhoods. Much more information on this Website including a place for you to talk about your alley.
Annotation:For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urbanenvironments around the world based on his research into the wayspeople actually use - or could use - the spaces where theylive and work. In this revolutionary book, Gehl presents his latestwork creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearlyexplains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkablecityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities forpeople. Taking into account changing demographics and changinglifestyles, Gehl explains how to develop cities that are lively, safe,sustainable, and healthy.
Annotation:Michael Cho began creating drawings of the back alleys near his Toronto home in 2008. With this book, he has amassed a collection that speaks to the beauty of the urban landscape: sometimes grittily citified, sometimes unexpectedly pastoral, and always bewitching. With each season's change, different color schemes become dominant, and a whole range of moods and moments are articulated. Cho lets the reader visit his city as a virtual flaneur, lingering equally over dilapidated sheds and well-groomed gardens in a dazzling tribute to the urban environs.
Annotation:Can good urban design and sound environmental design coincide at a neighborhood level to create healthy communities? Absolutely, and the strategies presented by Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett in Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods illustrate how to weave together contemporary thinking in urban planning with open space planning and urban ecology.
Annotation:"Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World "introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl -- small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirt-tail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate. The book describes inspiring pocket neighborhoods through stories of the people who live there, as well as the progressive planners, innovative architects, pioneering developers, craftspeople and gardeners who helped create them.
Annotation:Police sometimes advocate closing streets and alleys to keep offenders out of an area. This guide will help you decide whether this is an appropriate response to a problem you are confronting in a particular neighborhood or community.