A New Downtown for Scottsdale

<p>Scottsdale, Arizona planners have released a new vision for their downtown, in a 'trend toward urban living'.</p>
July 23, 2008, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"The size and height of buildings in downtown Scottsdale are getting all the attention, but the real stars of the city's new downtown plan are the pedestrians.

A draft released this week describes walking as "such an essential part of what is meant by 'downtown' that the quality of the pedestrian environment - safety, comfort, interest, continuity - is a necessity."

It proposes banning "auto-dominated site designs."

If adopted and built, the plan calls for shady corridors, covered walkways, wide sidewalks with on-street cafés, and other changes designed to get pedestrians get out of their cars.

"We created a hierarchy of streets for pedestrian walk-ability," said John Lusardi, the city's advance planning director."

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Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in The Arizona Republic
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