Wake Forest Renaissance Plan - September 2017


2017 R ena i s s anc e P l an U pdat e | T own of W ak e F or e s t

3.3 Existing Development Pattern

The figure ground diagram on the following page clearly shows areas of more tightly packed development in the downtown core along White Street. This area is the most pedestrian friendly and offers a variety of urban amenities, including shops and restaurants. However, many of the blocks to the north, east and south of the downtown historic core have several large gaps, or vacant undeveloped lots, between buildings and some blocks contain few buildings at all.

A figure ground diagram is generated by illustrating the building footprints and the blocks. This diagram clearly displays the distance between buildings and conveys how many buildings make up each block within the study area. Generally, high quality urban environments are composed of buildings that define the edges of the block and create continuous frontage along the street network. Typically, where there are no buildings on a block, that space is usually composed of parking lots, vacant lots or wooded areas.

S S Consistent, cohesive block development on White Street

S S Inconsistent development pattern on Owen Avenue

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