The implementation is not perfect. Some of the newly installed drains are too high, so that runoff will over-top the concrete curbs and flow down the road, or onto the foot path. In other places the drains are too low, so that water will run straight down the drain, without time to be absorbed into the swale. The low outlet problem could be fixed by placing sandbags around them, which would filter the water (also preventing leaf litter being into the drains, blocking them).
Leichhardt Council has received a grant of $250,000 to create a Living Street within the LGA .The vision is ‘to create and implement a model for sustainable living within an urban street context focusing on infrastructure changes and environmental education.’
Taylor Street has been selected as the Leichhardt Living Streets pilot project.
The project objectives will be to:-
What is a Living Street ?
- create a sustainable environment in the Leichhardt Living Street
- improve the sustainability of households living in the street
- Improve actions and behaviours across a range of environmental issues
- Improve social outcomes for residents
It is a place where a street is returned as a community asset to be shared by pedestrians, playing children, cyclists and low-speed motor vehicles.
The goal of the Living Streets project in Taylor Street is to make progress in two areas of sustainability by adopting an wholistic approach.
The two areas of sustainability are:
Broadly, the project will develop what American environmental writer, Robert Gottlieb describes as an ‘Urban Nature Agenda. A pocket park or community garden in one neighborhood can form Ropart of a process of reclaiming urban land otherwise abandoned or degraded’. (Gottlieb 2008)
- Improvement of street infrastructure
- Development of community awareness through environmental education.
Living Streets - vital biodiversity Existing and potential tree canopies can form flora and fauna corridors that contribute to urban nature and provide opportunities for the detention and reuse of stormwater. In this way, a street can contribute to urban nature and help mitigate urban air, noise pollution and the consequences of excessive heat. ...
From: What is a living street?, Leichhardt Council, 2009