What’s unusual about this picture?

Urban Omnibus explains:
The built environment is a battlefield, where planners, designers, policymakers, residents, real estate agents and many others seek to expand or restrict access to territory and amenities for themselves and those most like them. This is the premise of The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion, an encyclopedic volume almost a decade in the making by the partners of the architecture, planning, and research collective Interboro.
Those garages, for example, might serve not to store cars but as decoys to reduce public parking spots near the beach and keep nonresidents out of affluent seaside communities.


  1. I biked through a community like this – Parksville or Qualicum? – and it confounded me. A solid streetscape of closed garage doors. WTF. just bad ugly car-dependent socially inept planning, or sumthin shady going on here…

  2. In this case the “front” of the house faces the beach.
    Something similar occurs in Vancouver where the street grid is “interrupted” but the boulevards.
    Because the boulevards, such as West 16th Ave., are wide with a median, the adjacent blocks do not have enough space for a laneway – so the houses facing West 16th Ave. (on the south side) have their rear driveways and garages facing directly onto West17th Ave. – and the houses across the street.
    Here’s an example.

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