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These terms are the areas of interest covered by People Places. I am interested in how these topics can support and extend pedestrian-oriented places, enabled by transit, which are pleasant and healthy locations to live, work, shop, and play.

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Public Transit
transportation systems for moving groups of people.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
developing housing and commercial structures near a transit stop with a core area of high density that lies at an average distance of 600 meters to the transit stop.
Pedestrian-Oriented Design
helping pedestrians safely enjoy the urban environment. See: Arlington, VA, USA, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, St Croix Valley, MN, USA, or Smart Growth Through Community Visioning, The National Association of RealtorsŪ.
Complete Street
a street that is safe and usable by all modes of transit: bus, bicycle, automobile, and pedestrians, as opposed to a street that is safe and usable only for automobiles. See: CompleteTheStreets.Net or the Complete Streets Report.
Smart Growth
an approach to development that aims to limit sprawl and, as a component, emphasizes alternative transit and pedestrian-oriented places.
Traffic Calming
an approach to slowing or regulating traffic to improve the safety and comfort of people on streets.
Auto-Free Zone
an area for pedestrians only; very rare throughout the world. See also: World Carfree Network / People Places: Car-Free
Sustainable Development
practices of building in which present needs are met, but not in a way that blocks future generations of people from meeting their needs.
Green Design
an approach in building that stresses energy-efficiency and environmental issues.
Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)
the planned outward extent of urban development created to preserve a rural open space and promote urban density.
New Urbanism
an urban design pattern that stresses walkability, mixed use developments, and the density that leads to urban efficiency and human interest.
Spatial Planning
disciplines that approach the development of the built environment and infrastructure from a variety of scales, including regional planning (large-scale), urban planning (city-scale), and architecture (building-scale).
Urban Geography
the study of cities, their structure, spatial patterns, and problems.
Urban Geography
the study of cities, their structure, spatial patterns, and problems.
Cultural Geography
the study of cultural products and spatial arrangment


These are lists and collections of terms related to urban studies, transportation, real estate, and urban sociology.

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