Well-defined center and edge – The best towns and cities have a strong sense of place. You know when you have arrived and you know when you leave. The town center is typically anchored by some important community civic building, such as a Town Hall, Library or Community Church. The civic building is situated on a public green or plaza that serves as a recognized gathering place for residents.
A hierarchy of interconnected streets – Great towns have a diversity of street types, serving all of the different purposes the community requires, and providing strong interconnection between a diversity of land uses.
Beautiful streets designed for both cars and pedestrians – Streets are designed and viewed as part of the public realm, to be used equally by both cars and people. Equal attention is given to the functionality of the street to pedestrians as children, and its attractiveness as an address, as is given to its use by automobiles.
A diversity of housing types and affordabilities – All members of the community must be able to find a suitable place to live within the community. Communities need a great variety of people to function well: physicians and bankers, carpenters and shop keepers, teachers and babysitters.
Places for work and shopping in proximity to housing – Quality of life is improved when people are able to live in close proximity to workplaces and frequently used shopping destinations.
Appropriately located sites for civic buildings – Well designed communities have specially created and prominent locations for placement of their important civic buildings, such as churches, libraries, schools, and community meeting halls.
Provision of a variety of parks and open spaces – Communities address a variety of open space needs, including recreation fields, quiet places for meditation, and small open spaces where young children can safely play within shouting distance of their homes.
Citizens participating in the Margate Charrette recognized these principles and developed a series of requests consistent with achieving these characteristics of good places to live.