Mike Horne

Urban precinct strategy creating a network of living green streets that put pedestrians first

Chippendale has a long history of community-led street greening, from the edible streetscapes of Myrtle St, to the eclectic ‘footpath gardens’ that exist in the lanes today.
The Status Quo

  • low traffic volumes in the local streets
  • existing need to walk on the road due to narrow
    sidewalks, poles, parking meters, planting, bins, etc.
  • Perfect pilot project location for a Living St precinct
    The Living Streets
  • Streets become an extension of ground-level living
    and working spaces.
  • Shared streets allow for the greening of sidewalks –
    increased urban habitat, biodiversity, and air quality.
  • Wider pedestrian paths (the existing roadways) also
    removes ambiguity of on/off-road paths.
  • Slower streets (8km/h) for pedestrian / bike priority

Leaving a legacy
How will our post-COVID-19 society be remembered
for generations to come? Converting our local streets
to high-performing pedestrian-friendly open spaces can
be our legacy. The process of this change can be part
of a larger community building and local employment
strategy that brings a positive and healthy change to our
urban centres.

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