"Smart Growth" and "New Urbanism" Compared with "Large Lot Zoning" (Tom Lane) [ Home Page – Click Here]

(May 17, 2017) – Traditional "Large Lot Zoning" is "Greener" than "Smart Growth" within Urban Growth Boundaries . . . Copyright 2009 – 2017 . . . Tom Lane . . . Photographing California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

UPDATED: Bend, Oregon NW Crossing Neighborhood: Native Pines Preserved During Construction, Even in Mixed Use Area: Photo Essay

(Updated Oct. 9, 2010) Finally – a smart growth neighborhood that values and respects native trees.  Northwest Crossing in Bend, Oregon preserves its native Ponderosa Pine canopy (and, also sagebrush).  The developers apparently carefully surveyed every tree prior to construction, and even curve sidewalks around pines.  Photo essay below, and you’ll also notice the large lots and wide streets.

Finally, a smart growth community with native trees, large lots, and wide streets safe for skateboarders and bicyclists.  However, there is limited backyard space due to the smart growth trend of “garage alleys.” I’d rather see backyards filled with vegetables gardens, berries, and fruit trees. But remember, smart growth is just a trend in the urban planning field, so perhaps the garage alleys will someday go out of style.

The mixed use area at NW Crossing shown below also has native pines and wide streets.

You can click here to compare NW Crossing to the crowded, choked streets of the Smart Growth development of Issaquah Highlands in Seattle, where they’ve cut down the native Douglas Firs, and where narrow streets are clogged with parked cars (check out my photos at  link #1, and link #2).

Large native Ponderosa Pines presserved at NW Crossing, a new smart growth development in Bend, Oregon.

Conserving native trees at NW Crossing enhances privacy and moderates temperatures.

The abundance of irrigated turf at NW Crossing, and in all of Bend, is superior to Gravelscaping, Stonescaping, and Barkscaping used in other smart growth cities.

Wildflowers and sagebrush are also used in NW Crossing.

Very nice house, for sale. Of course these curb extensions while very attractive enclosing native trees, are hazards for cyclists, especially at night. Buy a high powered LED bike headlight.

Garage Alley at NW Crossing at sunset.

This photo, at dusk, demonstrates the vertical orientation of this neighborhood, with the preservation of large Ponderosas. This vertical aspect complements the wide streets and large lots, further increasing one's three dimensional perception of space, in this Ponderosa Pine / Sagebrush Savannah.

Townhomes and mixed use are present at NW Crossing, however, unlike most similar developments, native trees were preserved.

Native sagebrush and other high desert vegetation grows under the Ponderosa Pines.

Note the wide street and wide setback towards this view of Aubrey Butte, a neighborhood north of NW Crossing.

Nice wide setback at this corner.

Tom's photo taking photos of NW Crossing at sunset.

Here's the high desert natural vegetation present in the area, just 2 miles west of NW Crossing.

Natural vegetation encourages wildlife including birds of prey.

Mixed use building at NW Crossing with solar panels. Wide street, larger setback.

The solar panel mix use building from the NW crossing roundabout, looking west.

NW Crossing roundabout, looking east.

NW Crossing Mix use area with wider streets and wide setbacks.

NW Crossing Roundabout looking north.

NW Crossing Community Gardens. CLICK to enlarge and use magnifying glass to read sign.

MW Crossing offices, many still for lease due to the housing crash.


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