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Woonerfs Are Coming

"Woonerf" is a Dutch word for streets that mix cars and people, but with pedestrians as the dominant mode. Toronto planners are using the concept in their plans for the West Don Lands neighborhood.

Christopher Humes writes, "So what is a woonerf exactly? Picture a regular street, but narrow, minus a curb, finished with pavers instead of asphalt.

Waterfront Toronto's vice-president of planning, Christopher Glaisek says, "There'll be a slight grade change to show where the curb would be. We're probably using stones to mark it. It's a visual treatment that makes it known to drivers that that they are guests.""

Full Story: Woonerf: It's Dutch for smart city-building

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