Title page for ETD etd-05102006-165311

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Horner, Jean M
URN etd-05102006-165311
Title Delightful Density: The Answer to Suburbia's Missing Pedestrian
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miller, Patrick A. Committee Chair
Katen, Brian F. Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • density
  • multi-use
  • pedestrian
  • Active living
Date of Defense 2006-03-21
Availability unrestricted
The Pedestrian is compromised in the majority of our built landscapes. Today's dominant fixture is the automobile. Pedestrian and automobile efficiency are in direct competition with each other; to facilitate one is to inhibit the other.

Pedestrian functionality depends on the presence of walkable destinations, commonly referred to as multi-use areas. Pedestrian functionality is an important issue because sprawl, the current development norm, is reaching the physical limits of the countryside. Density is the positive alternative to issues we encounter as a result of low density such as increased runoff, pollution, congestion, obesity, physical inactivity, and road rage. “The alternative to sprawl is simple and timely: neighborhoods of housing, parks and schools placed within walking distance of shops, civic services, jobs and transit – a modern version of the traditional town.”1 Improving pedestrian functionality has the ability to impact multiple aspects of our lives and improve the quality of life we experience. “We need communities that are occupied full time and that provide a world of opportunity for kids, communities that support women and men in their efforts to weave together an ever more complex life of home and work.”2

1 Calthorpe, Peter, p. 16

2 Duany, Andres, p. 25

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