Post-tornado, Tuscaloosa seeks to create walkable urban, retail areas

Block sizes initially were limited to a maximum perimeter of 1,750 feet, with no side of the block being longer than 500 feet.

December 15, 2011 |

The Tuscaloosa, Ala. City Council's proposed set of new building and design codes in the tornado recovery zone include a measure aimed at establishing pedestrian-friendly urban and retail areas.

Block sizes initially were limited to a maximum perimeter of 1,750 feet, with no side of the block being longer than 500 feet, but the limit has been enlarged to a perimeter of 2,000 feet with a maximum side of 600 feet. Tuscaloosa was devastated by a tornado in April.

Click here to read more about Tuscaloosa's building codes. BD+C

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