Could Classic Hill Towns Be a Model for Town Planning?

In classic hill towns, people showed innovation and dynamic placemaking--lessons learned for urbanism in the new century, says Chuck Wolfe.

Wolfe argues that the topography of a town built into a hillside or a series of hills (hillside towns in France, for example, or even Seattle or San Francisco) force cities to utilize a number of New Urbanist ideals that can be applied elsewhere:

"These features include: a blending with with natural topography; a pedestrian identity, with limited vehicular access; an emphasis on aesthetic principles (views to and from); communal groupings of institutions around public open space..."

Thanks to Chuck Wolfe

Full Story: hill towns as icons of placemaking


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