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Old 07-16-2015, 07:16 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Everyone: Just google the term "Form Based Code", but ignore all the chic architecture images accompanying it.

It's not about architecture. It's about ACTIVATING the public realm, at the point where the Public meets the Private. The way Mint-Hill has designed those stores are a pretty common middle-ground that developers/towns have done in recent years to try to get that "feel" but without actually understanding the purpose of why buildings should meet the sidewalk.

Creating a walk-friendly design is just standard for any "Downtown", but America has forgotten that, and we are only now coming back around to it.

Also, look at the new Harris Teeter on Central Ave in Plaza-Midwood. Even though it's got a big parking lot, and it's not mixed-use, it activates its sidewalk, AND has a pedestrian entrance on the corner.

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Old 07-29-2015, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Everyone: Just google the term "Form Based Code", but ignore all the chic architecture images accompanying it.

It's not about architecture. It's about ACTIVATING the public realm, at the point where the Public meets the Private. The way Mint-Hill has designed those stores are a pretty common middle-ground that developers/towns have done in recent years to try to get that "feel" but without actually understanding the purpose of why buildings should meet the sidewalk.

Creating a walk-friendly design is just standard for any "Downtown", but America has forgotten that, and we are only now coming back around to it.

Also, look at the new Harris Teeter on Central Ave in Plaza-Midwood. Even though it's got a big parking lot, and it's not mixed-use, it activates its sidewalk, AND has a pedestrian entrance on the corner.
Image if they would have built the delivery entrance facing the street in your picture of Harris Teeter. That is what Mint Hill did with the newly built area.
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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Last time I was in the area it looked like all the shops also had a customer entrance on the street side. If you don't know for sure that that isn't the case then please stop complaining.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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Yes, just as the person posting about the Plaza Midwood Harris Teeter above, the developers in Mint Hill are being pushed to create a more walkable environment. Mint Hill has long been the definition of car based development and it's biting them is the butt now. I don't know the details of this, but one of the key components to creating a walkable area is to "hide" or eliminate excess parking. Look at some of South Charlotte's major shopping centers, many of them back up to the road with parking on the "inside." Another example is the Publix on South Boulevard with an entirely underground deck, creating a small footprint. What may have happened here (and once again, I haven't been here in person) is a lack of aesthetic requirements. Developers who focus on suburban construction usually are less inclined to create or understand this concept. They likely just turned the design they may normally use elsewhere 180 degrees to face inward without changing the backside of the building at all. Charlotte has learned this and you can see most new walkable development, even if not practically accessible from the sidewalk (like the Lowe's Hardware on South) the frontage that faces the street is shrouded in brick and mortar and has windows, making it more inviting.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Allen
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Yes, just as the person posting about the Plaza Midwood Harris Teeter above, the developers in Mint Hill are being pushed to create a more walkable environment. Mint Hill has long been the definition of car based development and it's biting them is the butt now. I don't know the details of this, but one of the key components to creating a walkable area is to "hide" or eliminate excess parking. Look at some of South Charlotte's major shopping centers, many of them back up to the road with parking on the "inside." Another example is the Publix on South Boulevard with an entirely underground deck, creating a small footprint. What may have happened here (and once again, I haven't been here in person) is a lack of aesthetic requirements. Developers who focus on suburban construction usually are less inclined to create or understand this concept. They likely just turned the design they may normally use elsewhere 180 degrees to face inward without changing the backside of the building at all. Charlotte has learned this and you can see most new walkable development, even if not practically accessible from the sidewalk (like the Lowe's Hardware on South) the frontage that faces the street is shrouded in brick and mortar and has windows, making it more inviting.
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