Curb extensions forming a "gateway" at the mouth of an intersection in the NATCO Urban Street Design Guide. Click on image for details, and visit the Slow Ottawa 'Streets for Everyone' Pinterest board for more of these superb illustrations.
James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia. "In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about."