New Urbanism

30A South Walton Seaside Architecture 252x252 New Urbanism

Photo: Ocean Jewel’s Images

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).

The resort towns of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach were later designed by DPZ, and WaterColor was certainly influenced new New Urbanist principles as well.

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.

30A South Walton caliza architecture 300x257 New Urbanism

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:

TONIGHT: The Bay Hosts Zombie Stomp and Costume Contest

TONIGHT: The Bay Hosts Zombie Stomp and Costume Contest

This Halloween, break out of your coffin in your dearly deceased duds and come on down to the beach bonfire Zombie Stomp at The... more

TONIGHT: Rock the Yacht This Halloween on The SOLARIS

TONIGHT: Rock the Yacht This Halloween on The SOLARIS

A Halloween costume party on a yacht? That’s how we roll on 30A! After the kids enter their candy coma, adults will brew up some mischief at the... more

Celebrate Fall with an Exciting Line-up of Events at Gulf Place

Celebrate Fall with an Exciting Line-up of Events at Gulf Place

Gulf Place on 30A invites the community to join in several events this fall. The frightfully spooktacular events guarantee a whole lot of fun... more

Bring Home Buffy, Alaqua's Pet of the Week

Bring Home Buffy, Alaqua's Pet of the Week

By Gaye PattonThis sweet girl is an Alaqua Animal Refuge favorite. She has been at the refuge for seven months and is so ready to find... more

Cottages for Kids Opening & Halloween Fun at Grand Boulevard - Oct 31

Cottages for Kids Opening & Halloween Fun at Grand Boulevard - Oct 31

The eighth annual Cottages for Kids, benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, will take place in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin from October 31 through November 9. Grand... more

Highlands House to Host 'Paella Party Casa De Highlands' - Nov 15

Highlands House to Host 'Paella Party Casa De Highlands' - Nov 15

Highlands House is offering its patrons a slice of Spain during their special Paella Party Casa De Highlands dinner event on Saturday, November 15 from 4-9 pm. Chef... more

Comment about New Urbanism:

Leave a Reply