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Ideas for Cities: Street Activity Stimulation Ideas for Cities: Street Activity Stimulation

Ideas for Cities: Street Activity Stimulation

November 10, 2009

Street Activity Stimulation

Cities could mandate street-level space that was open to the public. Every building would dedicate their ground floors to retail or activities that invite citizens in, which would avoid activity vacuums along city streets. This would foster greater opportunity for small businesses through greater availability of retail stores, dining rooms, studios and working space, and community and learning centers. The goal is highly walkable districts with rampant "boredom snuffers" and magnets for happy accidents.

This is part 10 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the Velocity conference in September 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Tomorrow’s idea: Wide-walks.

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