New Urbanism’s tenets are simple: Suburban life undermines a sense of community. People spend too much time in their own private space and in their automobiles. Communities should be built at much higher densities. People should be able to walk from their homes to stores.They should be able to hop on a bus or a rail line rather than take their car. Every town should have a vibrant and hip central area, and there should be open space between towns. Cities should grow mostly within existing urban boundaries. Each urban area would have a core, with growth occurring in an orderly diameter around it. Neighborhoods should be diverse, ethnically and economically.
via New Urbanism: Same Old Social Engineering : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education.
Great neighbourhoods for trick-or-treating also tend to be great neighborhoods for families everyday:
Tree-lined streets designed for walkers more than speeding cars.
Enough density and community completeness, to activate what I call “the power of nearness” – everything you need, nearby.
Good visual surveillance through doors and stoops, windows (and I don’t mean windows in garages), porches and “eyes on the street.”
Connected, legible streets that let you “read” the neighbourhood easily -grids tend to be good for this, but other patterns work too.
All of these are great for trick-or-treating, and equally great for walkable, healthy, economically resilient communities year-round.
via Brent Toderian: Does Your Neighbourhood Pass 'Trick-Or-Treat' Test?.