The Center has high connectivity, with great access to shops, restaurants, parks, and transit. People who choose the Center usually don’t like to spend their time in cars. They prefer to walk or bike wherever they need to go. They probably live in an apartment, condo, or multi-story townhome.
Center people either don’t want a yard to maintain, or they don’t mind not having one. A central park, urban forest, or nice landscaped plaza within a few blocks meets their needs to be outdoors or socialize with others.
The Center can be the middle of a big city with eight to ten story buildings, or a small village center with two and three story buildings. Either way, it’s where people come when they want to shop, eat, or have fun.
Highly Connected Neighborhood
The Highly Connected Neighborhood has excellent connectivity, though it’s a few blocks from the Center. People who choose to live in highly connected neighborhoods still like to be close to everything. They want to be able to walk, bike, or use transit to get around. However, they might want a little more private space than people who choose to live in the Center.
People in highly connected neighborhoods might live in townhomes, apartments, duplexes, or single-family homes. They might have small patios in the back, small yards, or enough space for a vegetable garden. They usually have at least one garage or off-street parking space, most likely behind the house.
People in highly connected neighborhoods can still enjoy all the amenities of the Center on foot, though they are more likely to prefer looking out the window and seeing another home, rather than an active commercial street.
The Outer Neighborhood has more distance between commercial and residential spaces. People who prefer outer neighborhoods want their home to be surrounded by other homes, usually without any other types of businesses or activities nearby. They like being able to have larger yards or open spaces nearby, away from the activity of the main street.
Since outer neighborhoods are less connected and compact, commercial, employment, and recreation destinations are predominantly designed around vehicular access instead of pedestrian or bicycle access. The lower densities of these neighborhoods cannot support transit. People who choose to live in outer neighborhoods most likely drive to work, the grocery store, or to recreational activities. They may spend 40 to 90 minutes in their cars every day, but the extra space is worth it to them.
The Countryside is dominated by the rural, agricultural, or wooded landscape.
People who prefer the Countryside most likely place a higher priority on solitude, privacy, and space. They probably live in a single-family detached home on a large lot or a farm, with the nearest neighbor half a mile away. The nearest store might be a 10 minute drive, and they may spend over an hour a day commuting to work if they don’t work on their land.
However, people who prefer to live in the Countryside don’t mind a longer commute to work, shop, or socialize, in exchange for beautiful views, wide open spaces, or the feeling of being closer to the natural environment.