The town of Lake Placid NY is very interesting because it utilizes some aspects of Neo-urbanistic zoning, while ignoring many others. The town itself became popularized when it hosted the winter Olympics first in 1932 and again in 1980. It economy is very heavily supported by the tourism industry both in the winter and summer.
The main street is a collection of restaurants, hotels and small shops designed to attract tourists. Many residents work in the service industry, or on the ski mountain during the winter. Off of the main street, there are many roads that lead to the more residential parts. In the town, there are a few neighborhoods where year-round residents live in walking distance from the commercial district.
However, Lake Placid itself only has a population of a little over 2000. Much of its business and “residents” come from surrounding towns such as Plattsburgh for entertainment and work. The reason for this is that the tourism industry in Lake Placid is so strong that it becomes a hotspot. In the summer it has scenic lakes surrounding the area, and draws in vacationers. In the winter, its Olympic Complex and ski mountain draw in different types of people.
Because of this, the town of Lake Placid and nearby areas rely on vehicular transportation almost entirely. The area is spread out in such a way that to reach all the different scenic sections and tourism centers. This leads to a very disjointed town that have very few residual residents but is still often densely populated.