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High Streets

Every new green town has an orbital road carrying the bus/PRT route through the ConnectedCity villages and the employment area. The section running through each village is known as its high street.

Vision from 2050

Villages in new green quarters also have a high street, with similar provision of bus/PRT routes through town growth zones.

High streets are where the village shops and local amenities are located, and the protected walkways and village roads lead to them.

Longer high streets have three pairs of bus/PRT stops, one at the village centre and one at the gateway at each end. A very short high street may have only a single stop at the village centre.

To varying degrees, high streets are modelled on a traditional high street, with long-life, multi-use houses of up to three or four storeys, on sites wide and deep enough for some of them to have rear courtyards surrounded by buildings. These houses and buildings have a mix of commercial, professional, light industrial, residential and community uses. Some of the dwellings are town houses with gardens, others are flats or cottages.

The uses vary over time: as commercial activities ebb and flow, so the high street slowly changes its functions from generation to generation, ensuring that the village continues to enjoy social interaction and continuity as the world changes around it.

The area of High street vary dramatically, but generally they are about 6 hectares, of which approximately half is residential housing, 500-600 persons at densities of 80-100 dwellings per hectare.

Section across typical high streets showing services and retail (blue) with residential flats above plus weather protected pedestrian areas


High streets are located along the main vehicle circulation
 

Although high streets have vehicle access and parking, they are always safe and comfortable for pedestrians


Crossing the main road