Thank Mudit for sharing your interest observation of streetscape. Inspired by your thought, I would like to go further telling my experience and show why the street environment is so important to inhabitant in a city.
Kevin Lynch had pointed out an impressed core value that as a predominant element of a city, street is an essential conduit of movement (1960) Nowadays, footways and cycleways have been considered when designing or planning a city space. However, though they are widened for pedestrian, as the article ‘DESIGN BETTER STREETSCAPE AND PEOPLE WILL CHOSE TO WALK’ has mentioned – Walking on a street always depends on the microenvironment of the street itself.
There is another respect about how a street attracts people to walk – a sense of community. People now still rely on streets as places to meeting friends or doing social activities. Not only urban design or other spatial professional, but also Sociologists have proved that the level of social connection is more influenced by streets than other open spaces (Falk, 1997)
Moreover, in 2015, Ann Forsyth offered a solution to make a street more comfortable for people meeting each other which is to make it more travelable. Continually connecting the pedestrian ways can really help people to travel by foot. Using bright colour on pavement and plants separating vehicle and pedestrians can guide a direction and make a safe zone for people walking on streets feel safe and relax.
Forsyth, Ann. 2015. What is a walkable place? The walkability debate in urban design. Urban Design International 20, no.4: 274-292
Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Cambridge [Mass.: Technology, 1960. Print. Publications of the Joint Center for Urban Studies, pp. 49.