Scenic Highway 30A is known worldwide for its diverse architectural styles and its groundbreaking town planning methodologies. In fact, Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis changed the development world when he, his wife, Daryl, and Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ founded the New Urbanism movement (quite accidentally, at first).
What’s New Ubanism?
Basically, prior to World War II, virtually every new town was designed with people first and foremost in mind. But with the proliferation of the automobile and a mass post-war migration to large metropolitan centers, planners began designing neighborhoods with cars in mind.
Streets got wider, the parking lots got bigger, and our neighborhoods were spaced further and further apart.
Over the decades, something subtle and unintended happened. Rather than spending all of that promised quality time in the fresh air of the countryside with our kids and dog, we began spending more and more time in our cars. Stories of horrific commutes became commonplace, as McMansion neighborhoods lured more and more people further and further away from their places of employment.
New Urbanism is a literal and philosophical return to the idea that people want to feel like they’re part of a community. That a stroll or bike ride is preferable to a commute. It’s a return to the notion of being able to live, work and play, without ever having to drive anywhere.
Today, hundreds of new towns and neighborhoods around the world have been designed (or re-designed) based on these “re-discovered” principles. And it all started here on 30A.
Want to learn more? Take a walking tour of Seaside, and then explore the communities of 30A the way they are meant to be explored, by foot or bike.
More 30A Features:
“Life simply goes on with my art and I try like so many other artists to just follow the natural cycle that ebbs and... more
Congratulations to the over 4,000 racers in this year's Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K! People from all over the country came to 30A... more
This year, celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Northwest Florida-style with a parade and party at Gulf Place. The party kicks off Saturday, March 14th... more
Wine lovers will gather in Alys Beach for the fourth annual 30A Wine Festival Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015. Alys Beach, one... more
Mark your calendars now for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala Weekend, March 7-8. The weekend kicks off... more