Not Easily Forgotten
There are two types of urban villages in urban design. One is the slum type mostly associated with major cities in China. The other idea is a fairly new one in terms of urban planning featuring ample safe and highly encouraged pedestrian access over automobile dependence, a community able to support itself more than relying on a greater surrounding municipality, and strong community organization. The latter concept of the urban village been around since the late 80’s, and is seen by some as being highly progressive.
What; however, do you make of a district in any city that has at least most of the characteristics of an urban village but has been around since the late 1800’s, and has succeeded in not changing much since the end of World War II (I know that some would beg to differ on that in regards to Locke Street)? Perhaps “ahead of its time” is a fitting description.
Just a thought.