In ConnectedCities new development takes place only within 1 km radius of a railway station, which gives a maximum walking distance of 1200 metres or 12-15 minutes.
These walkable areas are called pedsheds.
As well as a railway line, there will always be pre-existing buildings, rivers, woods, etc. The important ones are protected and enhanced.
The core is a pedestrian area which is the focus of public transport, retail, educational, health, community and commercial facilities. In a new green town this is the town centre; in a hub or sister town it’s a district centre.
Greenery and water are integral with the built environment. A green infrastructure network permeates the pedshed, with green corridors between the villages converging on a central park and meeting place.
All areas have covered or protected routes for pedestrians and small traffic (bicycles, electric scooters, etc) which are the easiest and quickest routes to the center.
high density mixed use
The areas either side of the rail line are employment uses. Warehousing and manufacturing may have sidings with direct rail access.
Family housing is medium density, low rise in pedestrian priority villages with protected walkways, greens and play areas.
high streets and community
There are higher density developments on the bus/PRT route with flats, mixed-use houses and community uses. Spiritual nourishment, meeting places and community cohesion are integral to the life of the community and embrace both green and urban areas.