Intersections

At the corner of Rio Road and Route 29, there is a rather large confluence of cars. In fact, counting turn lanes, there are 14 North / South lanes of traffic and 10 East / West lanes that meet one another right there at that intersection.

Intersections are a funny thing. We envision these massive places where cars compete to see who goes first. But in reality, there is something else going on at the intersection. Cars stop. People take a breather. And there is an interaction at that place that is far greater than while driving down the main arteries.

The same is true of neighborhood intersections. The design of traditional neighborhood development puts a special emphasis on intersections. It removes the cul-de-sac in most instances and forces people to have paths that cross. Because the intersection is where we meet one another. And Lochlyn Hill is its own intersection.

In the physical sense, it is the intersection of the City and the County. It is the intersection of residential and nature. It is the intersection between active (Pen Park) and lazy (the neighborhood core, perfect for a blanket and a book). It is the intersections between people of various backgrounds meeting to create the fabric of a neighborhood. Intersections should be busy, but at the same time be a place where you can slow down and interact. Lochlyn Hill is that intersection.

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