Monday, April 02, 2007

Back from the weekend Open Thread

I was visiting a friend in Bloomington, and to my surprise the house he purchased last month is in a New Urban/Neo-traditional neighborhood. Despite being an "older" New Urbanism development (2001) the neighborhood is still too new for the mature trees that will really make it seem like a traditional neighborhood. It does have alleys, rear-loaded garages, sidewalks, front porches, narrow streets (parking only on one side) and a central park square within walking distance. Similarly to the pending Prairie Heights development, the retail element isn't mixed into the residential like it would be in what I understand as true New Urbanism. Still, you can definitely see the difference between the image above and a typical new subdivision with wide streets, big yards, and houses dominated by 2 and 3 car, front-loaded garages.

What'd I miss out on around the QCA this weekend? I see both newspapers have printed articles basically saying no one knows what's happening with the Rhythm City casino move. Also, on the way back from Bloomington I swung through downtown Peoria, so expect some images of a few of their downtown developments in the next week. How did the LeClaire Park expansion meeting go Saturday? Anyone who missed it, don't forget the other meeting tomorrow night.

3 Comments:

At 4/02/2007 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your friends neighborhood needs some STREET TREES! They need a Greenway Habitat Group.

 
At 4/02/2007 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with "The Colonel's View"? There is nothing there. Did the city shut him down?

 
At 4/02/2007 2:57 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

No idea about the Colonel's blog, and it doesn't even make sense that his new one would be shut down. I thought the info that caused all the trouble was on his old blog.

 

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