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|As soon as the motorcar became common, the pedestrian scale of the railroad neighbourhoods disappeared, and with it, most of its individuality and charm. The suburb ceased to be a neighbourhood unit: it became a suffused low density mass. But the motorcar had done something more than destroy the pedestrian scale, it either doubled the number of cars needed per family, or it turned the suburban wife into a full time chauffeur. |
—Lewis Mumford, urban historian
The City in History, 1961
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Finding or Building a Pocket Neighborhood
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Getting Up to Speed
Whatever your interest or knowledge level in pocket neighborhoods, get up to speed with as much information as you can. Read articles and books, peruse pocket neighborhood projects on the RCA website, and read Ross Chapin’s book. For concise essentials, read through the Design Patterns on this website, and see how the key components come together in these site plan examples.