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A successful city has streets that people feel connected with. The way a street looks and feels is determined by everything from the front of its buildings forwards.​

​First impressions count, and the perceived quality of an apartment development is strongly influenced by the design of the approach or transition between a public street and private building. A well-designed approach can enhance the safety of users, reduce management costs and create long-term success. In urban centres, apartments may have commercial uses at the ground floor. In such cases, the clarity of a residential entrance at ground floor is important.

This section provides advice on the elements of the apartment building and site design that contribute to creating a successful street, including:

  • an interface to a public street
  • boundary treatments to edges
  • safety, activity and overlooking
  • shared driveways or accessways​

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