- Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s Livable Streets (click to resond)

In pre- “Shared Space”-times (1980), when the car totally dominated the street in a segregated traffic system, Donald Appleyard, with the collaboration with Allen B Jacobs,  wrote the classic “Livable Streets” describing how car traffic restricted social interaction between people in neighborhoods in San Francisco. His son Bruce Appleyard here recaptures the story in this interesting film by Street Films, introducing it by stating:
“You may have wondered, while watching a Streetfilm or reading a post on Streetsblog, where we got the term “livable streets.”
The answer can be found in the work of Donald Appleyard, a scholar who studied the neighborhood environment and the ways planning and design can make life better for city residents. In 1981, Appleyard published “Livable Streets” based on his research into how people experience streets with different traffic volumes.  The Second Edition of Livable Streets will be published by Routledge Press in 2011.
Today we’re revisiting Appleyard’s work in the second installment of our series, “Fixing the Great Mistake.” This video explores three studies in “Livable Streets” that measured, for the first time, the effect of traffic on our social interactions and how we perceive our own homes and neighborhoods.”

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