Guidelines

Places Wiki is a web-based, community-created resource of places — buildings, streets, public spaces, new urban developments, old urban neighborhoods, and regions.

A Places Wiki entry is similar to a Wikipedia article in that there is text and images for each entry. There is also a location, producing a Google map view and Walkscore, and other suggested data.

To add an Places article, log on and go to the Places page. Click on “Add a new place.” Select a type. Give the place a name and choose a place subtype. Add text, and footnote as needed (see the footnote tool in the toolbar under main text). Add hyperlinks as needed (see the chain icon in the toolbar). Add a location using the location box (you can click on the Google map view for an exact geolocation, or use a street address). Click “save” and go to the bottom of the entry to add images.

Places articles relate to planning, developing, and experiencing walkable places. Entries should be actually built, not just designed (or in the case of new urban developments, at least partly built).

Buildings include structures that enhance the public realm — examples could include a Charleston sideyard, an urban townhouse, or a pedestrian-friendly supermarket. Text can cite technical details, architecture, history — any aspects of the building relating to urbanism. Photos and building plans are encouraged.

Streets can include any walkable thoroughfare, from a pedestrian passage to a multiway boulevard. Any interesting detail of such streets can be included — one example would be the story of how citizens worked to modify a street dimensions to make it safer and more pedestrian friendly. Entries should discuss what is cool about a street and what could make it better.

Public spaces include plazas, greens, squares, playgrounds, or public gathering spots.

New urban developments are projects built according to the principles of the New Urbanism. They can be very small (a handful of buildings) or large (thousands of acres).

Old urban neighborhoods are walkable neighborhoods built prior to the dominance of automobile. These should consist of the best walkable neighborhoods in any city and region. Write about the history of such neighborhoods, the physical highlights, and what makes them so appealing.

Regions are areas that usually include many municipalities — but they share an overall economy, transportation infrastructure, climate, and geography. Entries for regions discuss characteristics that give rise to and support the urban form. History is important, as are transportation systems and natural corridors.

Thank you for helping to support the New Urban Network Places Wiki.