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Wearing a Path to Your Door – Design Lessons From a Parking Lot

Posted by Plish on March 15, 2010

While recently stopping by at the local library I was surpised to see the following situation:

It’s interesting that the new made paths are not that far away from the desired walkway yet people aren’t using the walkway. 

One of the reasons I believe people don’t use the walkway is that it has a flag pole directly in the center of it.  By virtue of it being there is says, “Please walk around me,” and the width of the path doesn’t invite going around the pole.  Offsetting the flagpole or placing two paths on either side with a connection between them to the pole would probably save the grass and still create a clean path to the flagpole.  It would also provide a route to the two benches that are off to the side in the grass.

What are your thoughts?

One Response to “Wearing a Path to Your Door – Design Lessons From a Parking Lot”

  1. […] These are just three examples from everyday experiences that highlight how people’s preferences can be inferred without having to even ask a single person.  (In the past I’ve blogged about a couple of other examples where people ignore the intended design of parking lots and walking paths.) […]

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