When people talk about walkable cities in the new urbanism movement, undoubtedly New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia or even Seattle will come up in the conversation. Praises are sung about their mixture of housing choices, retail, public enjoyment opportunities and multi-modal transportation that is all within easy walking distance.
What about the newer or smaller towns? Are they not progressive enough to embrace new city-like density and pedestrian friendly development? The City of Chelan, Washington appears to be embracing the New Urbanism movement. Designer Casey Roloff; known for creating communities such as Bella Beach in Oregon and Seabrook in Washington, and developer Ted Schroth of GTS Development in Seattle; which is known for being an urban infill developer, are teaming up for a new planned development in Chelan known as The Lookout
The Lookout; self titled as a lakeside village, will feature parks open to the public, benches, trails along the lake heading into town, a lakeside lookout spot and a store. But one main appeal this master village plan boasts will come from the variety of housing styles, sizes and prices it will offer among its 300 homes. The development will not be known for being either wealthier or lower-income, it will be both-and. The mixture of housing prices is one way in which communities can lessen the dichotomy of socio-economic classes.
One major new urbanism aspect the village community will not be incorporating is a commercial element, but that is only to avoid taking away from Chelan’s already vibrant downtown area, still within walking distance of The Lookout. Other than the ones already mentioned, what communities that you know of boast in their new urbanism design?
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