Urban Design Lesson Two: Design Streets as the Most Important Public Spaces … Because They Are

People Place Purpose

This following was written by Richard Dagenhart.

For decades, street design was the job of traffic engineers, who struggled to move more and more automobiles and trucks.  The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Policy for the Geometric Design of Highways, first published in the 1940’s and known as the “Green Book,” became America’s bible for street design. Street design became only designing for cars and trucks.

Allan Jacobs started a street design revolution with the publication of Great Streets in 1995. It should be on the desk of every architect, landscape architect, planner, traffic engineer, public works director, mayor, every board and staff member of the Georgia Department of Transportation,  and the governor, too.

If we can develop and design streets so that they are wonderful, fulfilling places to be — community-building places, attractive for all people — then we will have successfully designed about one-third…

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