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Connectivity isn’t the same as social connection

Connectivity isn’t the same as social connection

Increased connection via walking and cycling paths sounds great but it can erode social connection, argues guest writer Dr Brenda Mackie; it's not a guarantee of ‘liveability’

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

The New Urbanism hates cul-de-sacs – they’re emblematic of much that’s wrong with car-oriented suburban cities, including poor walkability, low transit provision, long travel distances, “excessive” demand for privacy, and even low social capital. I might be in a minority, but I’m an admirer of cul-de-sacs. They’ve been around for thousands of years for good […]