We build cities that bring us together or push us apart. “Gated communities” are an obvious example of building to isolate, but other methods are also common. Streets that are too wide, with fast moving traffic, divide us. So do zoning codes that separate uses and housing types. Berms, buffers, setbacks, limited-access highways, and massive parking lots, when used routinely, put barriers and distance between people.

Mixed-use neighborhoods and great public spaces, on the other hand, bring citizens together in real communities. Here are the 10 best reasons to design and build places that support community: (read full article)