I stumbled (via Price Tags) across a really fantastic site earlier today which really highlights the difference that street width makes to the feel of a place – taking a number of streets in Los Angeles and manipulating the image to reduce the street width. Let’s take a look at a narrowed Sunset Boulevard:
While I’ve always been a fan of narrow streets, these images really show how narrowing down our roadways can have a hugely beneficial impact on the look and feel of our urban areas. While obviously we can’t easily narrow down every street and road, I think that there are some pretty compelling reasons to look to make our roadways as narrow as possible while still enabling them to do what we want. I know this approach will probably annoy traffic engineers who seem to like roads to be as wide as possible, but for some reason I often tend to find myself liking things which annoy traffic engineers.