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“Public Private Space” and Public Safety: The Conundrum Of Smart Growth

(Tom Lane, September, 2011)  I have dozens of photos of private space that looks public in several Western states. I’ll be adding these photos as soon as I can.  The sooner the better, given that Smart Growth is on the ballot this fall in several Seattle suburbs.   Meanwhile, refer to examples of garage alleys and community parks in my section on the Issaquah Highlands smart growth development near Seattle:  https://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/ron-sims-video/

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Many public shopping areas with smart growth, such as Norterra in Phoenix above, feature small shops along with streets,  sidewalks, and park benches.  These “lifestyle centers,” or outdoor malls, frequently cover dozens of acres; click here for more photos on Norterra:  http://www.norterrashopping.com/default.asp

Who owns the narrow streets, sidewalks, and parking lots?  Should the police patrol the small shops? On many occasions in taking photos of smart growth areas for this blog, I’ve wondered if I was trespassing, such as the Phoenix neighborhood pictured here with the “controlled parking” warning.  Indeed, this is a real concern for public safety.

Was I tresspassing when I took this sign in a smart growth development in Phoenix?

In smart growth, there’s an intersection of private businesses and private residences, with public streets entering these areas.  Furthermore, we see synthetic streets, that do not have street signs, such as at Norterra (above), and at the The Landing in Renton, Washington, another “lifestyle center”  mixed use complex of shops and 6 story apartments in the distance:

(Editor’s Note: Landing Image Set at Full Size on WordPress; 594 X 370; properties  modified with FastStone Image Viewer.)

The Landing Lifestyle Center in Renton, Wa. (Seattle Metro.)

This is a major issue for law enforcement.  Crime increases when density increases, including smart growth condos.  Are officers supposed to get out of their cars and walk the sidewalks around these smart growth complexes?  If I lived in a smart growth condo, I’d prefer that police didn’t have to be around. Therefore, I wouldn’t live in such an area, and would defend myself on acreage.

Below, once again, who “owns” the pathway extending around the lake at Sparks Marina (Sparks, NV near Reno)?  I felt “uncomfortable” taking this photograph, just 10 feet from my car (parked on an allegedly public street), and also 10 feet from balconies in the attached townhomes.  Nobody arrested me, and I was in and out within 2 minutes.

However, another architecture photographer was escorted off a public street in the Smart Growth haven of Silver Spring, Maryland. The article states:

“The guard sent Py (the photographer) to the management office of the Peterson Cos., the developer that built the new downtown. There, marketing official Stacy Horan told Py that although Ellsworth Drive — where many of the downtown’s shops and eateries are located — may look like a public street, it is actually treated as private property, controlled by Peterson.

Path around the lake at Sparks Marina, Nevada. (Reno-Sparks metro.)

Here’s a classic.  These are smart growth garages with their own “street” or “driveway” (I’m not sure) in Corvallis, Oregon.  This was probably the same development featured at the top of the web site (the photo with the attached townhomes).  This development features alternating “streets” (or driveways?) for the front entrances and the garages.  If not for the relatively low crime rate in Corvallis, I would probably feel unsafe with a street in the front, and alley in the back, given that there are no yards.

(More photos forthcoming.)

Smart Growth Garages and their own street (driveway?) in Corvallis, Oregon


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