8 Tips for Suburban Placemaking

Suburban areas looking to improve public places can try following this advice.

October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Eric Bethany offers a few guidelines for the development of successful suburban centers—following the trend of suburban areas around the country mimicking the walkability and a mix of uses found in more urban areas.

Bethany is taking inspiration from the development of Parsons Alley in the city of Duluth, Georgia, which won a 2017 ULI Development of Excellence Award and a 2017 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

The bulk of the post is devoted to a list of placemaking guidelines that are borrowed from examples like New Orleans, Charleston, and streetcar suburbs outside Atlanta.

The list reads as follows, with more detail in the source post:

  1. Storefronts you can touch
  2. It's all about the glass
  3. Perimeter Parking
  4. Great public space
  5. Familiar materials
  6. Open container
  7. Attention to detail
  8. Variety

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