Patterns in Traditional Neighborhoods
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
neighborhood map

Patterns in Traditional Neighborhoods is a presentation that Lou has made to community groups, including Madison's first Neighborhoods by Design conference in 1996 and at the 1999 NUSA Conference.

It begins with a personal neighborhood mapping activity. Then it uses the two Madison sister-neighborhoods, Schenk-Atwood and Williamson-Marquette, to illustrate the design features that are characteristic of vital, mature and beautiful neighborhoods.

Borrowing and simplifying concepts from the New Urbanists and A Pattern Language, these features are presented as 'patterns' to enable residents to clearly understand how their neighborhoods can be enhanced or harmed by further development.

The text of Patterns in Traditional Neighborhoods is now available to download here (PDF). It includes text & maps of the Neighborhoods '01 conference presentation.


Click here for our feature article on Traditional Neighborhoods.

Click for a definition of pattern language.