Thursday, October 28, 2010


An unusual neighborhood layout I found in Farmington, Minnesota:

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Unlike most of the city, the setback for homes here is fairly small. Many of the city blocks also appear to have curving walkways running somewhat diagonally through them. Basically, each block has a park in the center. I was thinking this might be some vaguely New Urbanist community, though the homes all appear to have driveways in the front, which is a New Urbanist no-no. However, it does seem that these blocks could easily become converted into European-style apartment blocks, which often have apartments running around the edge of the block and an open area in the center (not that I'd expect it to happen anytime in the next century, mind you...). For an idea of what I was thinking of, look at these blocks from Copenhagen, for instance:

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