Each of the following categories contributes to defining the place within which a street project is occurring. They can, in turn, be impacted by street planning and design decisions.
The built form and fabric of a city is made up of constructed spaces and places such as streets, buildings, parks, and transportation systems. Streets provide the continuous network that connects the many constructed environments, providing the infrastructure to facilitate mobility, critical services, and human activity. Use the scale of buildings and blocks that frame each street to inform its character and the appropriate mix of uses it should support. Transportation facilities provided within the street shape mobility and travel decisions, directly and indirectly impacting environmental quality, public health and safety, and quality of life.
Consider the various aspects of local culture and context throughout the design and implementation process to ensure contextually sustainable streets.
In urban areas, the larger natural environment may include habitats, local ecosystems, and green and blue systems. Identify local hazards and levels of pollution to help prioritize strategies for improving the natural environment. In the face of climate change, design street networks to respect, protect, embrace, and enhance ecological systems, natural topography, and water bodies, and to manage local climatic conditions.