Growing a Neighborhood

Recently I attended the Granary District charrette. This gathering of local business and landowners, neighbors and city officials spent a week talking about how to create a walkable, urban, human-centered neighborhood in this historic area. Before the sub-dividing of America, neighborhoods were the natural result of people gathering to work, to play, and to live. In the age of the automobile, we’ve strayed a bit from this vision.

The rising Generation Y seeks a new way of living. They want a place where life, work, and the pursuit of happiness are combined in a renewed and sustainable way. As a matter of statistics, a large part of the Baby Boomer generation yearns for this same objective, gone are the days of each family’s acre and a half with a mule.