Durable Growth

“Mormon Country” and building a community life

Urban street

Two books were suggested as pre-reading for the recent annual meeting of the Congress of the New Urbanism. To my credit, I secured both books. To my discredit, I didn’t begin reading either until I was aboard the airplane.

The meeting location of Salt Lake City presumably affected the selections. The first […]

Durable Growth

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 […]