Orient building entrances toward public space,
and encourage adjacent groundfloor uses that
animate and enliven the spac
Serving as a transition between the downtown core and surrounding singlefamily
neighborhoods, these districts should be safe and attractive, and they should promote and facilitate multimodal access to and from downtown.
1. Transition between residence and street: the space between the building and the sidewalk
should provide security and privacy for residents
and encourage social interaction among residents
and neighbors (see sketches).
2. Parking and vehicle access: siting should minimize the impact of automobile parking and driveways on the pedestrian environment.
Use setbacks from the street to create open space, which, with landscaping, should be designed to establish an attractive transition from residences to the street.
Buildings with little or no front yard should include creative use of landscaping. Consider recessed entries, which can provide security and/or weather protection.
Buildings set back a small distance from the sidewalk provide sufficient area for yards and parcels, which allow privacy but encourage visual interaction with the street.
Buildings with deep setbacks provide sufficient privacy to permit garden space, entry fore-courts and more open parcels. Fences may provide further separation from the sidewalk.