The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design
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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Old Town Alexandria / Market Square

Alexandria

VA

USA

Contributed by 
Clark Mercer
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
February 28, 2003
December 14, 2017

Old Town Alexandria is a mixed-use, historic neighborhood with a central market square and city hall.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Situated on the Potomac River, Old Town is a real mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly community, offering housing, public parks, and many shops and restaurants. Located within its traditional cobblestone streets are numerous historic buildings, including Gadsby's Tavern and Robert E. Lee's boyhood home.

Access & Linkages

Old Town Alexandria is a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented community that is accessible by the METRO. Where there is heavy foot traffic, the streets are narrower and focus on the needs of pedestrians.

Comfort & Image

An area that is very clean and safe.

Uses & Activities

Residential, commercial, retail, and recreational structures exist within this three- to four-block downtown area.

Sociability

Market Square at City Hall is a space that encourages sociability, and serves as a meeting place for couples and small groups. The farmers market on Saturday mornings brings together all sorts of different people from the area.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

Related Links & Sources

Photo credits, from top: Christine Fisher via PlanPhilly, Grays Ferry Triangles Project via Facebook, Laura Blanchard via Flickr, Geoff Kees Thompson via This Old City, Nidhi Gulati, Nidhi Gulati

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Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
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Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square
Old Town Alexandria / Market Square

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