This project is a work in progress. My plan is to post updates periodically, until it’s finished.
I’m starting off this project with trying to think of solutions to problems with city design. I noticed there’s a slight lack of community in suburban neighborhoods. Some people never even meet their neighbors. I think this might be because the streets are the nearest public space for socializing, but are dangerous because of cars. My solution to this problem is to remove the fencing in backyards to join them into a private park. Instead of a back yard, each block would have a long community park for neighbors to socialize and play in a safe area, with lots of fun things to do (trampolines, pools, etc.), away from the busy street. There’d be community gardens on every block for growing healthy food to supplement people’s diets and offset the amount of unhealthy food in most cities. Side yards could provide private outdoor spaces for residents. Restaurants on each street corner are designed to bring people together and make it easy for everyone to be social. I think people prefer to buy food at restaurants over online, so hopefully they won’t get put out of business by online shopping and cause blight. Anyways, here’s a rough sketch.
Restrictive building codes prevent housing from being different styles, so, as a result, some people don’t approve of the style of their house. That’s why I want to relax the building codes, so people can have housing styles that appeal to their tastes, such as minimalist modern, victorian, or even tiny houses. This part is harder to model.
Feel free to let me know what you think. Suggestions are welcome too.