Ten social benefits of walkable places

Ten social benefits of walkable places We shape our cities and then they shape us. Winston Churchill insightfully said of architecture, “we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us.” That statement is even more true of communities and urban planning. Cities and towns are architecture writ large. Their assembly, often involving thousands of buildings,…

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How a Florida beach town changed how we live

How a Florida beach town changed how we live 12 Ways that Seaside revolutionized how we think about cities and towns. By Jay Walljasper A town built from scratch in the 1980s ignited a revolution in how we design and build communities. With pedestrian-friendly streets, congenial gathering spots and appealing traditional architecture, Seaside on Florida’s…

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Journey to San Leon

In historic downtown Sanford, Florida, it’s been decades since a new residential development has been built. And for Lakeview Oak principal Dan Matthews, it was an exhaustive search to find the perfect location among the tree-lined brick streets for the company’s inaugural project. The San Leon is a mixed-use, three-story building with 10 modern residences…

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Embracing New Urbanism

What is New Urbanism? New Urbanism is a planning and development approach that focuses on human-scale urban design based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries featuring walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces. Conceived by urban planners Andrés…

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