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Updated 05/2011

Traditional Neighborhood Development

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Introduction

Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is similar to Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in its emphasis on compact, mixed-use, transit and pedestrian-oriented development. However, in TOD development, the priority is on immediate access to transit - TOD development is often focused around transit stations. TND offers a blueprint for the greater community based on traditional town patterns. Neighborhoods, sized for easy walking distance, function as the basic building block. TND planners emphasize human-scale design, town and neighborhood centers, public spaces, civic uses and other features that foster a sense of community. TND is also characterized by an interconnected network of narrow streets. Narrow street widths, on-street parking, street trees and other features are intended to slow local traffic and create a safe, attractive environment for pedestrians, in addition to cars. Transit and bicycle travel are also accommodated. The grid pattern of streets includes collectors and arterials, but also provides a variety of routes for local traffic. Service alleys are also a hallmark of TND.

Washington Examples of Traditional Neighborhood Development

Traditional Neighborhood Development - Other States

Traditional Neighborhood Development and Grid Street Networks

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