Featuring colorful, appropriate native and drought-resistant plantings, Vicinia will provide a lush, shady environment to pedestrians and residents. All streets will enjoy an allee of trees that in time will form a classic pattern of cover. The town square will include a long lawn for picnics, a game of catch, or simple but elusive moments. Future trailways will connect to the adjoining neighborhoods and amenities.
The vibrant core of VICINIA is the town plaza. This town center will be enclosed by dense residential and bustling commercial activity. Commercial streets will be utilized to frame the town center. The configuration of these streets will create what is referred to as a turbine. The turbine is composed of an eight-foot strip of formal parallel parking along the commercial building frontages. Adjacent to the on-street parking are two one-way travel lanes. Both travel lanes move vehicles in a counter-clockwise direction around the town plaza. The turbine plaza at the town center is designed so that all vehicles pause before entering. This design feature helps manage speeds to levels comfortable for pedestrians. Scale is also set to suit the walkers and cyclists and keep drivers moving at reasonable flow rates.
An urban bosque with bollards is provided around the perimeter of the town plaza. This urban bosque will create a distinct separation between the tubine traffic flow and the pedestrian-only component of the plaza.
An urban bosque at the Christian Science Center in Boston. A similar design will surround the perimeter of the VICINIA town plaza.