Why the Civility Project? Three Reasons

1. Pedestrian-oriented communities are more complex

Pedestrian-oriented communities are inherently more complex places than single-use, auto-dependent environments. They offer greater potential in terms of quality of life but also require a greater degree of communication, coordination and knowledge, with respect to a range of issues regarding how a community looks and functions.  The Civility Project aims to support all three of these needs.


2.  barriers prevent pedestrian-oriented Development from getting built

Viable pedestrian-oriented communities that serve people at all stages of life are rare finds in North America.  Although there are several factors which contribute to this dynamic, the principal reason is that, as a general rule, developers only pursue auto-dependent development outside traditional city boundaries.  Even within those boundaries, developers often replace pedestrian-oriented buildings with suburban-style site layouts that feature large surface parking lots promoting automobiles over pedestrians. The Civility Project speaks to the barriers that prevent pedestrian-oriented development from getting built and advocates for the use of design charrettes to overcome these barriers.


3. politicians and developers are generally wedded to auto-dependent development

 Outside a few choice locations in North America (think Vancouver, BC) urban planners – almost as a rule - do the bidding of politicians and developers wedded to an ideology that claims auto-dependent development delivers the good life. The Civility Project brings attention to the results and speaks to the implications.