The Traditional City
Wonderful photographic essay (H/T Malcolm Pollack's excellent blog, who apparently got the link via Bryce LaLiberte).
The Traditional City simply refers to the pattern of development that human civilization has built in for millenia;
The traditional city emerged way before we could have ever imagined the automobile or railroads. Most traditional cities were relatively unplanned - they naturally emerged simply by people colonizing and building close together, copying styles that they have seen elsewhere and liked;
Because the pattern emerged before there were cars or even transit, the traditional city pattern is very compact and walkable by nature. It is very human-scale, and has an amazing sense of place;
The secret to the traditional city is very simple (it is human-scale!)...