Canal Oriented Development looks at the use of New Urbanist techniques especially Transit Oriented Development and community planning to create nodal points of urban activity along the greater Phoenix Arizona canal system. Canal Oriented Development will take Transit Oriented Development techniques and instill them in areas where the canals meet streets, creating vital urban hubs. Phoenix has over 181 miles of canals crossing through the metropolitan area helping to sustain the area’s way of life. The canal system which is designed for the movement of water from reservoir to home also presents the unique opportunity for creating areas of recreation and nodal density, yet much of the canal system in this regard is unused, underused or abused. Canal Oriented Development through Canalscape looks to harness the canal system’s untapped and underused qualities by creating areas of: mixed use development, vibrant commercial and residential sectors, community connections and non-motorized recreational activity.

Considering that Phoenix is classic polycentric city, creating vibrant urban hubs becomes a difficult prospect. Canal Oriented Development presents an example of how hubs of activity can be created. This work looks at the impact that Canal Oriented Development has on revitalization and how that process can be implemented in Phoenix via CanalScape and other Canal Oriented Development measures.

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