How Do People Of All Ages Meet — Play — Socialize In Neighborhoods/Streets In The Western World ? A Summary of Jan Gehl's Research

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Hi Play — Socializing Potential

*One to two storey home — kitchen windows facing street.

*Covered front porch that seats 4 adults plus baby carriage

*Side walk at road

*Cars parked on road

*Houses set maximum 15 feet from sidewalk

*Space between houses (side to side) 15 ft.

*Restriction on through car traffic

People of all ages, in the above environment
will spend 85% of their time when outside
at the front of the house (when at home).

This is true Neighborhood Watch
(because of people on the front portch)


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Low (or No) Play Socializing Potential

*One or two storey homes low use room facing street.

*No roof, 2 foot by 3 foot concrete stoop at front entrance

*Often no sidewalks at road

*No cars parked on street - cars in two car garage

*Houses set back 30 or 40 feet or more from road.

*Space between homes at least 15 ft.

*Little or no restriction to through car traffic

People of all ages will spend 85% of their time in the backyard when outside (when at home)


No Neighborhood Watch here on this side - despite the big ugly sign saying it exists.

Hi-Rise condominium and apartment buildings have near zero potential for meeting -playing -socializing.

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