Notes on Transit-Oriented Development

Authored by: Stefanos Polyzoides

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097

10.4324/9780203844434.ch49

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Abstract

Throughout human history, people have settled on the land based on two fundamental desires: to be both in motion and in place. Cities, as we understand them today, represent both stasis and flux. Thus they came into being when the necessary movements of people and vehicles converged in space, leading to the design of distinct rights of way. In response, distinct blocks, lots, and buildings of various kinds appeared to enable stasis and habitat, human comfort and security, pleasure and production. The physical character and livability of human settlements has always existed at the intersection of a dual system of urbanism: blocks defining streets for mobility, and streets defining blocks for habitation.

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