simple urban amenities at the public edge: a comparison

An eclectic Provence window below introduces a back and forth conversation between American facades (to the left) and their counterparts (to the right), contrasting often uneventful stylistic reserve and usually empty balconies with traditions of rich color and plantings, angular perspectives and private spaces speaking outward to the street.

What if American cities legislated brighter color amid windows, balconies planted green and encouraged flags and hanging laundry? What if homeowner associations and rental contracts required vegetation and decoration of the interface with the street below?

For all of today’s urbanist dialogue about density, transit and proximity of home and work, an enhanced urban look and feel can also derive from practicing simple traditions of visual diversity.

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  3. Great post. I think such personalized public displays could help generate interest in urbanism. One of the major detractions from such movements is the perception of a loss of individual expression that stems from the rather corporate appearance of urban space. Allowing people the opportunity to add a certain vivid texture to urban space would certainly increase the appeal and would also create an opportunity for people to socialize.

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