September 26, 2013

Old Urbanism

A few shots of Old Towne Orange, California. This downtown reflects many of the ideals of today's "New Urbanism." It's not a perfect place. There's a lot of cut-through car traffic and not too far from the center it peters out into typical auto oriented southern California land use patterns. Orange's downtown is large enough, however, to be a good reference point for the city's residents when developers or planners want to convey any idea. "Do you like downtown? That's what we want to replicate." Or conversely, "We intend for this to be nothing like downtown." My favorite picture is the one of the circle with the fountain in the center. 


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