Small Streams

How People Move
October 19, 2007, 9:52 am
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In writing yesterday, I didn’t mention William H. Whyte, who has influenced my — and nearly everyone else’s — thinking about how people move through public places. While architects, designers, and planners thought about how to create public spaces, Whyte went out and observed how people actually used them. He walked the streets of New York and watched how people used sidewalks, parks, and entryways. Through his observations, writing, and film recordings (some of it rising to the level of silent film classics) he put handles on everyday actions: walking, sitting, using doorways, having lunch, and schmoozing.

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