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This presentation traces the elements of a new planning idea – the Fused Grid neighbourhood and district model – through the lenses of research on health, safety and well-being. It also responds to the questions: would it work? does it pay?  is it affordable?  The presentation is  fully referenced with the original sources. The cited research shows that the Fused Grid outperforms known and extensively used neighbourhood network patterns in all key criteria.

This presentation  compares two neighbourhoods with strikingly similar layouts but dramatically different build environments, one in Portland, Oregon and the other in Athens, Greece.  Both neighbourhoods were started at the end of the 19th Century but tehir evolution followed distinctly different trajectories . The presentation  raises questions about intentons and means  in achieving a “good” neighbourhood. Density is shown as a critical factor. Elements of the Portland neighbourhood echo some of the characteristics of the fused grid.

This short presentations is a mere tabulation of  the reaults of a Phd thesis by Xiongbing Jen at Memorial University. The thesis examined daily travel patterns in seven neighbourhoods with distinct network patterns, one of which was the fused grid. It used the Agent Modeling method to arrive at comparative results. The outcome asserts that the fused grid surpasses all other patterns in increasing walking in the neighbourhood and in reducing car travel.

The Fused Grid  model offers several advantages to developers over other alternative street network patters. But when developers become interested in this model, as hard nosed businessmen they ask tough questions and justifiably so; no one wants to venture into a new direction without prooof of merit. This pages list the questions that were asked during such a conversation with a developer and the exchanges that followed. 

This article examines the rise of women’s role in society and the potential impacts on housing and communities. It discusses emerging issues and possible options to address them.

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A Contemporary Urban Pattern