Securable places are those in which you can live safely without undue fear of being injured or killed by other people or by wild animals, and where your home is safe from those that would pillage it. Securable Places once built walls to assist in repelling armed attackers. These walls also caused a sharp inflection in property values, because a home just inside the wall was clearly of much greater value than a home just outside. This helped preserve farmland outside the gates and make the place a nourishable place.
Today, the problem is more complex because those most likely to do you physical harm or to steal your belongings are not armed bands from a nearby town, but rather individuals or small teams of criminals that operate largely out of sight rather than storming the gates. But it is no less important to figure this out, because how can a place be considered sustainable if people abandon it because of fear?
Gated subdivisions are the current popular solution, but they fail miserably to create a community on too many counts to discuss here. There are other ideas, but much work clearly remains to be done in order to learn how to build Securable Places that are great places to live, work, shop, play, and visit. But once we succeed in figuring out how to build secure places again, then we will create the added benefit of making places that are identifiable against the rolling sameness of sprawl that renders the neighborhoods of cities from Denver to Des Moines to Dallas to Durham indistinguishable one from another.
Securable Places Resources
Securable Places Bookshelf contains a growing collection of books that contribute to various aspects of securable places.
Securable Places Links
Securable Places Blog Posts
The EPA and the Ultimate Betrayal tells the sordid story of the Kansas City EPA office and its move to a sprawling suburban place much less accessible, serviceable, or securable.
The Green Academy - Or Not is a report card on today's architectural education measured by Original Green foundations.
The Gizmo Green Conundrum pits an icon of Gizmo Green (a Chicago parking deck promoting itself as being green) against the eight foundations of the Original Green.
LEED for Homes Awards - or - How To Shoot Yourself in the Foot measures award-winning homes against the foundation principles of the Original Green.
Original Green Places - South Main examines a Colorado community through the lenses of Original Green foundations.
the WalMart Sustainability Index measures WalMart's new standard against the foundations of the Original Green.
After Earth Day - What Next? What Can I Do? is the top ten things we each can do to be more sustainable, and includes living on streets with no gates, for reasons discussed in the post on Gated Subdivisions below.
Why This Retail Glut? examines how today's failing shopping malls and strip centers endanger the security of surrounding areas.
Porches, Walkability, and Sustainability looks at how the elements of the Private Frontage foster relationships between neighbors, putting more eyes on the street and building bonds of community that make a place more secure.
Diagramming the Original Green shows the relationship between the foundations of sustainable places and sustainable buildings.
Gated Subdivisions would seem to be the most defensible places to live, but they actually create a more dangerous place outside their gates, so overall safety is compromised. They also have longer response times from police and fire units because of their gates.
Securable Places on OGTV
Securable Places Albums
São Paulo, Brazil illustrates a place with high security needs, but where the solutions may actually be contributing to the problems.
Securable Places Presentations
All presentations entitled "Original Green" on the Presentations page deal with all eight foundations of sustainability, including securable places.