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​​Combining activities

  • When selecting a mix of activities, consider the types of visitors expected to frequent each one. It is important to make sure these visitors are compatible with one another and would feel safe in each other’s company.
  • The right combination of activities is specific to each area. Some activities are better suited than others are. For instance, a liquor shop may not be a good neighbour to a secluded reserve or playground. Instead, consider selecting something like a café. 
  • Businesses to consider encouraging people to stay in an area longer include cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.
  • Retail and business activities that are open all day and into the evening should be located on the ground floor to encourage activity at street level. Preferably, there would be a continuous row of these activities at street-level. However, if that is not possible, such activities should be clustered near main entrances or prominent corners.
  • Provide high quality public amenities that encourage interaction in public and communal places.
  • When reserves are positioned near residential blocks, the parks become safer and more accessible, while residents gain views and easier access to green spaces. However, avoid creating isolated reserves at the back of residences.
  • Encourage walking and cycling by positioning residential or work spaces near parks, pedestrian links, trails, and recreation areas.

Flexible spaces and events

  • In addition to permanent activities, also consider using temporary activities to activate an area.
  • Neighbourhoods can be brought to life at night or in the weekends by organising events like casual markets, community days, or street parties. 
  • Existing spaces such as community centres, local parks, or even car parks can be used for temporary activities. 
  • Local boards and other organisations can help to support community initiatives by allocating resources and funding.
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