Cul-de-Sacs, R.I.P.?

New regulations in Virginia limiting their use may be the death knell for cul-de-sacs. Planners and developers debate their worth, but new studies show they aren't cost effective for cities, or even as safe as assumed.

Michael Cannell writes, "Planners say the circular, meandering cul-de-sac layout requires circuitous drives to even the closest locations John Michlig, who writes a suburban planning blog called Sprawled Out, says that it takes city crews six times as long to performance cleaning and other services in his Wisconsin suburb as it would in a grid neighborhood."

Full Story: Death to Dead Ends: Will the New Suburbia Omit Cul-de-Sacs?

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Solution: Common Play/Green Spaces

A solution to the desire for safe places for kids to play in a subdivision is the plan for a common play/green space. Many municipalities can require that they be part of a subdivision plan.

It is critical for there to be common, safe spaces for neighbors and their children to come together and socialize or play in any neighborhood. For some parents, streets are not deemed acceptable safe spaces.

Visualizing why cul de sacs are bad

A quick write-up I did about a cul-de-sac at the end of my parents' neighborhood in western Columbus, Ohio.

http://cityforward.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/why-cul-de-sacs-are-bad/

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