San Diego – The term grid, as used in this article, doesn’t refer to the electricity grid, as does the common use of the term these days. Rather it refers to the street grid. In particular, it refers to the uniform 200′ x 300′ alley-less blocks that make up downtown San Diego. In as much as this article is an exploration of pedestrian oriented deviations from the street grid, I considered entitling it “off the grid” but concluded the term was overused and had too strong a connection to the electricity grid, and thus would simply annoy those looking for articles on that topic.
Streets have traditionally been used to move people and goods from place to place and as a conduit for utilities. In recent years, everyone from planners and urban designers to engineers, environmentalists and disability advocates has been thinking about how streets can improve the livability of the urban environment. What would streets be like if they truly accommodated people of all ages and abilities? Continue Reading reThinking America’s Streets