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Slicing and Dicing Superblocks

<p>If 'superblocks' are so bad, why are we still building more of them?</p>
March 24, 2008, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The city and state often encourage one of the deadest institutions, the Superblock. Not content with blocks that are too large already, the city and state often team up to create even bigger blocks, and not even pedestrian friendly versions of those."

"What exactly is a superblock? This term came into vogue in planning circles more than a half century ago to describe the then fashionable idea of demapping older street grid and creating one large blocks where before many blocks had been. It was thought that the old small blocks were outmoded, and did not fit a car-friendly culture. Jane Jacobs, among others, fired a stake into the heart of this idea, and now, theoretically at least, the superblock is dead. There are few defenders of it -- theoretically."

Thanks to Alex Marshall

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Published on Friday, February 22, 2008 in Streetsblog
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