The city of New Brunswick is a very urban area that encompasses many students as well as families. Most of the city does not incorporate green space, however, some neighborhoods within this area do. The pictures that I have taken are all within a three mile radius of each other, however, the differences may seem as if they are from different communities.
The first three photos represent built environments in New Brunswick that are not aesthetically pleasing. The first photo is an area that holds construction equipment and other supplies; it should be enclosed so that the neighbors and other citizens do not see this. This yard is in between two housing units and is an eyesore to the entire street. This could be alleviated if there was an ordinance to have a different type of fence so that the equipment could not be seen from the street.
The second picture is a housing unit that is directly off of the sidewalk. There aren’t any barriers from the sidewalk to the house such as bushes or grass. Not only is this dangerous to the renter/owner because burglaries could happen more frequently since the unit is incredibly close to the street, but it also prevents privacy. There are windows that can be easily seen through if a person is walking down the street.
The last picture is an elementary school. This school is entirely surrounded by pavement, even the area where recess occurs. In my opinion, schools should incorporate as much green space as possible. Not only is it safer to play in a field of grass, but it also has been proven that landscaped areas are beneficial to the mind and behavior of individuals.
On the other hand, there are many areas in New Brunswick that are aesthetically and environmentally pleasing. In the first example, this house used a vegetational buffer instead of a fence to separate two properties. Not only does is this more pleasing to the eye than a metal fence, but it also creates more privacy for the individual. Privacy is a main concern in a built environment, and even if these houses are close together, trees and bushes can serve as a buffer. It is beneficial to both houses because the increased vegetation makes each house look better.
The second picture is an example of using as much green space as possible. Even though this lot is very tiny, they use every free piece of their land to plant trees, bushes, and other vegetation. This building could easily look like the pictures above in my “negative” section, however, incorporating plants into a densely packed area is necessary to improve the looks of the neighborhood.
Lastly, this picture provides an example of a setback. Unlike the blue building where the door was directly off of the sidewalk, this building was build at a higher elevation so that a staircase would be provided as a buffer from the sidewalk to the house. This increases the safety of the household and also more pleasing to look at.
Although these examples vary greatly, they were all taken within a three-mile radius of each other. This shows that different designs of neighborhoods are created for different needs. The densely packed housing is created to fit as many people in a space as possible, while the other is to use as much green space as they can given small lots. I, without a doubt, would prefer to live in the areas with small vegetative buffers. Since New Brunswick is a dense city, having an area with green space is an important feature to have, in my opinion.