Originally posted on Thoughts on the Urban Environment:

You can read this one over @ Streets.MN, too!

Having a quality streetscape is beyond important, and one essential elements of this is having buildings that address the street. But, what if the street isn’t any good? Should buildings still address it? What happens when a street is just no good?

The River Crossing Apartments in St. Paul are pretty good. It’s St. Paul’s largest project in recent memory; and it’s an infill project, dense, nicely landscaped, moderately well designed, connected to transit and near the great biking and walking paths along the Mississippi River. It can be a little bland, but all-in-all, it ain’t bad.

The problem I once had was that it did a poor job of connecting people to the street. It mostly ignores the street, although the landscaping and tree plantings look genuinely good. If you walk around the development, you’ll notice that most of…

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