This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
This means, first, the abandonment of the "row," and the building of detached houses under carefully thought out restrictions. To prevent the future tearing up of pavements, all the underground pipes for sewer, water, gas, electric light and telephone wires, not only in the streets, but the laterals to the inside of every lot, should be first laid. Next are surface improvements, sidewalks, curbs and pavements. This work should be all completed before a single house is erected, thus reversing the usual method of development. But it is the details of the surface improvements and of the landscape effects which give to a property any claim to distinction which it possesses.
In order to introduce as much as possible of the parklike appearance, every effort should be made to secure as much open ground as can be obtained with the limitations above referred to.