Town centre streets, streets in new build areas or restoration areas are today no longer just about traffic management. Today, public roads are also meeting spaces, play spaces for children, and spaces to compensate for environmental degradation. So that these new functions can be satisfied, these spaces have to be creatively planned. Local characteristics also need to be accommodated, so that the design helps people to feel familiar with, and strongly connected to, their environment. In this way conflict can be minimised and citizens inspired to volunteer for their community. Long term sustainability of the residential environment, public facilities, and the planted areas normally follow, and this provides long term savings for the municipality.

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