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:
Portion of concert proceeds to benefit Special Operation Warrior Foundation Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman will bring his distinctive Southern Rock sound to... more
By Shannon J. Winslow-Claunch Justin Gaffrey's art is best described as sculpting with paint. The big, bold colors in three-dimensional spikes literally jut off the canvas,... more
Meyer Boarding Co. is hosting the first Land Paddle/SUP Paddle Biathlon at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park featuring rolling hills, picturesque scenery and some really nice pavement on... more
Click here to enter to win a 2-night stay at the recently renovated Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard near the beautiful beaches of South... more
The Seaside School lottery for grades 5-10 will be held on April 29th at 5:00 PM in the Lyceum Meeting Room.
One lucky winner who “likes” Alys Beach will win a trip to experience Digital Graffiti 2014 — the world’s first outdoor projection art festival.... more