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Communities should be designed for pedestrians and favor walking for a variety of daily needs.
There should be a range of housing types for people of various ages, family sizes, and income levels.
A Discernible Center
Neighborhoods should have a plaza, park, square or intersection that community members frequent.
There should be an elementary school within one mile, so that most children can walk from home.
Small buildings should be allowed in backyards for use as rental apartments, offices, workshops and more.
Certain prominent sites should be reserved for civic buildings, including one at the center for neighborhood events.
The center of a neighborhood, a town, or a city should feel and be more compact, with buildings closer to each other and to the sidewalk.
Roadways should be relatively narrow, lined with parking, and shaded by trees, creating a more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly environment.
Most parking lots and garage doors should be accessed at the rear of buildings via alleys or lanes, with on-street parking available to guests and customers of small shops.
Opportunities for Play
There should be playgrounds within one-eighth of a mile of each home.
Residents should be able to walk to interesting shops and restaurants.
An Interconnected Street Grid
Roadways should form a continuous network that provides a choice of routes while dispersing traffic.
Getting to Work
There should be transit to work and work within walking distance.