Is there central heating, modern plumbing, air conditioning? Open space: Is the county primarily rural, suburban, urban or a mix? How much open space is there? What is the quality of the space-?green parks or rubble-filled lots? What is the lot size of the houses? Lawns? Flower boxes? Do you see trees on the streets or a green island in the center of the streets? Is the open space public or private? Used by whom? Boundaries: What signs are there of where neighborhoods begin and end? Are the boundaries natural-?a river, a different terrain; physical-?a highway, railroad; economic-?difference in real estate or presence of industrial or commercial units along with residential?
Do the neighborhoods have an identity, a name? Do you see them displayed? Are there unofficial names? “Commons”: What are the neighborhood hangouts? Area for what groups? At what hours? For example: schoolyard, convenience store, bar, restaurant, park, 24-hour drugstore? Do the “commons” areas have a sense of “territoriality,” or are they open to the stranger? Transportation: How do people get in and out of the neighborhoods-?car, bus, bike, walk? Are the streets and roads conducive to good transportation and bicycle use and also to community life? Are there major highways through the county? Who do they serve? How frequently is public transportation available?