Livable Streets Revisited

Bosselman, P and MacDonald, E

Bosselmann, P., Macdonald, E., & Kronemeyer, T. (1999). Livable streets revisited. Journal of the American Planning Association, 65(2), 168-180.

Boulevards , Livable Streets , Walking

This article evaluates the livability of residential boulevards, a type of street that has center lanes for through traffic and local access lanes separated from the center lanes by landscaped “malls.” Three boulevards were studied. All three carried high traffic volumes but were rated as more livable than neigh- boring, conventionally designed streets with medium traffic volumes. The study concludes that boulevards with a side median design successfully mitigate the adverse impacts of heavy traffic. The re- search methods used for this study were based on the well-known 1969 “Livable Streets” project by Donald Appleyard and Mark Lintell. Like the original study, it compared the re- sponses of residents on streets with high, medium, and low traffic volumes and measured the effects of traffic on social interaction, perceptions of home territory, and the comfort of peo- ple’s daily lives. The new study shows trends similar to those found in the original one and adds information about boulevards, which were not pre- viously examined.

Main finding
Impacts of heavy traffic on streets as public spaces can be mitigated with boulevard configurations.

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Interviewed residents

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Walking or Rolling
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