A good city to walk in and to stay in for a while includes:
- room to walk with dignity, integrity and without overcrowding
- comfortable climatic conditions – sun and shade depending on the season and protection from the wind
- pleasant facades at street level to stroll alongside and observe
- good conditions for people with disabilities and people with prams
- clear structure in the pedestrian system – it should be easy to find your way around
- a pedestrian system that connects important destinations
- ability to promenade through the city
- good walking rhythm with few interruptions
- few and short waiting times at intersections
- many well-placed benches
- widespread secondary seating – such as steps and edges of planter boxes
- well-situated cafes and outdoor restaurants
- beautiful and effective lighting.
A good city for social and cultural exchanges includes:
- space for cultural activities and communication
- space for street theatre, clowns and jesters, music and small-scale commercial activities
- democratic public spaces for all.
A good city for talking, watching and experiencing includes:
- low level of noise and few disturbances
- intimate public spaces
- fine views and good details
- interesting facades, window displays and exhibits
- a lively, diverse and safe city to move around in
- a wide variety of uses both day and night
- residences to ensure a 24 hour city
- educational institutions to ensure life and vitality
- open in the evenings with lit window displays
- safe places and streets day and night.
Gehl Architects 2002, Public Spaces and Public Life: City of Adelaide 2002, Adelaide.