This study is a rediscovery of place-making fabrics throughout Arkansas enjoyed intuitively by most people rather than interpreted syntactically. The fabrics selected establish coherence at the scale of a one-half mile pedestrian shed; the measure within which people choose walking over driving on condition that a well-design environment rewards it. Almost all of these fabrics arose before the establishment of land-use zoning and traffic engineering in the 1920s, products of a professionalized planning culture. In their historical development, these fabrics demonstrate the accumulated wisdom of the crowd over that of expert culture.

AuthorMatthew Petty