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These are examples, lists, links to case studies, and personal accounts of places that have characteristics of people-oriented places. After all, my People Places site promises information about people-oriented places. Readers should ask: Where are they? Show me the city!

Well, the real world is not like theory. In truth, there are very few places in the world where human beings are given precedence over automobiles and where urban planning and architecture are designed around people as opposed to functions. I include places that have at least tried to make places more people-friendly or are pursuing policies that integrate multi-modal transit and mixed use developments into planning.


Cities / Neighborhoods

These are specific cities and projects within cities that support various ideals of people-oriented places. Many are oriented toward ecologically-sound, sustainable development. Others are oriented toward New Urbanism ideals.

Glenwood Park, Atlanta
Has been built to provide a mix of housing types, with some retail and commercial, with an eye toward walkability. Winner of awards and recognition for New Urbanist ideals.
EcoCity Cleveland
Helps people live in greater balance with nature. Emphasis includes land-use planning and transportation policy issues to promote smarter growth in northeast Ohio, USA.
Environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient mix of housing and work space in Beddington, Sutton, United Kingdom.
Master-planned community that combines sustainable living with the look and feel of a small town. Located in southeast Tucson, AZ, USA.
Home Zones
A home zone is a pedestrian and cyclist-oriented group of streets where motorists are encouraged, through traffic calming and other features, to drive safely. This site includes a directory of home zones in the United Kingdom.
Global Ecovillage Network
Network of ecovillages with emphasis on ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable future. Includes a directory of ecovillages. A subset network, Urban Ecovillage Network, has an urban emphasis.


On the opening page of People Places, I switch out various photos that visually capture what I mean by "people-oriented places." These are places that I've visited and really enjoyed. Click the thumbnail photo for a bit larger image.

Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. An urban park can be a vibrant, interesting place with activities oriented around music, art, gardens, sculpture, skyline admiring, walking, food, and people watching. (See more photos.)

State Street, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This street serves as the main cultural axis of the capital city of Wisconsin and shows how a bus-only street can operate (cars do cross State Street at intersections) with a canopy of trees, cafes, restaurants, stores, and cultural centers. Unfortunately, panhandlers exploit this public space and harass pedestrians. (See more photos.)

Graben Strasse, Vienna, Austria. In the pedestrian streets near Saint Stephan's, transit stations below support pedestrian-only streets above with cafes, shops, people, balloons, and dogs. This is a touristy section of the city, but it shows what a pedestrian-only area supported by underground transit looks like and how people do enjoy it. And the Trzesniewski sandwiches around the corner!

Personal Experience

I'd like to list here articles or links to articles in which people describe experiences about where they live and how it supports people-orientation.

Walk Los Angeles with me
A blog and a Web site about trekking across LA on foot.
Alternative transit and related issues. California.
Live from the Third Rail
Washington, DC transit.
London Underground
Mind the gap, blog the tube.
73 urban journeys
Experiences on the 73 bus in London.
Route 79
Experiences on the 79 bus in London.
Musings on Mumbai City from a self-described space-alist: "I love writing and musing on spaces and I am looking forward to designing and conceiving innovative city spaces!"
I'm working on an article about how I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin without a car
I will include practical issues, using the transit system, shopping, and how my neighborhood supports walkability.
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