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You can’t go home again, part 5: Oregon land-use rules

Orenco Station residential over retail

In recent posts, the last of which is here, I’ve been describing a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, a region where I lived for 18 years during the last century. The trip allowed me to observe how urbanism has progressed in the region.

In this post, I’ll look […]

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Plat of Zion: The challenge

Typical street in downtown Salt Lake City

Block length is an important element of urbanism. As on so many urbanist points, Jane Jacobs was instrumental in pointing out that short blocks are better. Short blocks add visual interest to the pedestrian experience. They also slow cars, improving safety and comfort for pedestrians. And they […]