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Well-appointed site furnishings help a streetscape look cared for. Choose styles that match local architecture and vegetation. Street furniture also helps create a sense of place, from the iconic New York World Fair benches to London’s bollards.
Urban planner Brent Toderian coined the term “sticky streets” to describe urban road areas that draw people in and invite them to stay, rather than simply being a way of moving vehicle traffic. When people linger, they create community, support local businesses, and enliven neighborhoods. Parks and other areas can also be “sticky.” Protected pedestrian spaces with a combination of amenities, site furnishings, trees, plants, and public art enhance a street’s appeal. This appeal attracts businesses, residents, and visitors alike.