Narrow streets are people streets

b&w street

This is Smith Street, Dartmouth.  It is clearly a residential street – there are no commercial signs – except one – an historic anomaly or recent intrusion? The street is no more than 12 feet wide; where the nice glass walled building bumps into the street, it’s around 8 feet.  The buildings are three stories.  This street is steep:  I estimate that it rises 15 feet over 100 feet.  The buildings have a high degree of articulation, vertically and horizontally.  It is wonderfully enticing with the deflected scene.

While the sidewalk has a warm texture, the street itself needs to not read as a street.  Rather, the entire horizontal surface should be uniform.  This contrasts with narrow residential streets in Italian towns, shown below.


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