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Monday, February 3, 2014

Connectivity Matters or Why Superblocks of Homogeneity are Not Quite It Even When They Have Some of the Needed Elements for Walkability



Bedford Av, in Nashville, is like a street waiting for something to happen.  Many of the buildings are tastefully done.  The sidewalks are lovely - wide, tree-lined.  But something is missing…
















Where is everyone?




Bedford Av runs parallel to Cross Creek and Cleghorn.  It is a short stretch running from Abott Martin to Crestmoor Rd.  

Never heard of it?  

Because if you do not work on this street in one of the many offices - there is little draw business wise. 

As I mentioned above, it has some very interesting elements and was tastefully done.  I just wish in the hour I spent walking around - I could have accomplished at least one errand or seen another human being.  For a mixed development it is fairly homogeneous.  Office buildings, some residential, a bank and a few scattered clothing stores which were closed on a superblock without connectivity.  
  

If the goal is an Urban Village - were amenities of daily life are typically within walking distance - where might they be???  

And, why is it one large superblock without interruption?  How is one to walk from Bedford home or over into Green Hills?



Connectivity Matters or Why Superblocks of Homogeneity are Not Quite It Even When They Have Some of the Needed Elements for Walkability








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