Radburn Neighborhood

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    View of Houses
November 1929 (completed)
North and Central America->United States->New Jersey (NJ)->Bergen (county)->Fair Lawn (borough)
Separating the pedestrian onto "greenways" and carless paths was a flawed strategy from the Radburn experiment of the 1930s - a neighborhood design which, in attempting to control the car. In the image, shaded blocks represent buildings completed or about to be constructed; white blocks represnt groups proposed for future development.
However, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) finds a paradox on it: it believes that the concept of Radburn incorrectly adoped into Sustainable Communities. Environmentally sound communities need park, regional greenbelts, and high-quality open space but they also need density and street-life. Isolated from a larger concept of human habitat, the environmental movement could be in danger of becoming another "special interest group" which can optimize its goals while losing sight of a larger purpose.

Keywords: United States, New Jersey, Bergen County, Fair Lawn, Radburn (neighborhood), drawings and plans, diagrams, concepts, settlements, sustainable communities, sustainable development, residentials. Submitted for CRP 643: American City Planning Since 1900.
1920s (1920 - 1929)
1930s (1930 - 1939)
Calthorpe, P. (1993). The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.