It’s pretty interesting to compare the different space requirements of various urban typologies. In the example above, the yellow lines represent (potential) retail frontage of different parts of Louisville (examples B and C account for full or partial double-loaded corridors). The linear distance is represented up at the top in gray. (I mentioned “partial” before as it’s unrealistic to assume 100 percent of a city block will be covered in retail space, even though the potential exists that nearly all of it could be.) As you can see, four city blocks take up the lease amount of space while offering the most retail opportunity (and it offers other uses above the ground floor). The others don’t even come close.
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Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.