Walkable cities are said to be more desirable, and those can be enhanced by making "walkable grids," according to this article. Architects and engineers who envision an ideal city can look at the paths people traverse, see what obstacles exist and how well connected places are and make adjustments. This article explores that concept, and explains how a company called Space Syntax remodeled London's Trafalgar Square. Redesigning cities is "all a matter of gathering evidence, testing assumptions, measuring the way people are using a city against its geometric grid," Nick Stockton writes.

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