We are rebuilding Las Vegas from the inside out, by taking the old downtown and building a new city one square mile at a time. Like anything new there are a lot of growing pains right along side all the excitement. It’s fun for me because I love exploring the craft of community development in a physical space after spending so many years building community online. It has also awoken a nascent passion for urban development I always suspected, but never had reason to explore.
Recently I’ve noticed a pattern of discussions about how very small decisions about how something is designed can have lasting impact on the behaviors and attitudes of a community:
“When designers try to maximize the number of cul-de-sacs in an area, they create a dendritic