Patrick Condon’s Rule 2 for sustainable communities: Design an interconnected street system




Third of Eight Excerpts

“Street systems either maximize connectivity or frustrate it. North American neighbourhoods built prior to 1950 were rich in connectivity, as evidenced by the relatively high number of street intersections per square mile typically found there,” writes Patrick Condon in his latest book, Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.

“On the other end of the spectrum are the post-Second World War suburban cul-de-sac systems, where dead-end streets predominate and offer only one path from home to surrounding suburban arterials.”


To Learn More:

This is the third of eight excerpts published by  The Tyee in September/October 2010. To read the complete excerpt, click on Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One. To download a copy, click here.



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Posted September 2010