What is New Urbanism?
Union Village is a planned new urbanist community that follows the 10 principles outlined below. We believe these attributes create a vibrant, better place to call home.
Most of our daily needs should be within a 10-minute walk of home and work. Pedestrian friendly street design means buildings are close to tree-lined streets. New urbanist communities might feature on street parking, hidden parking lots, garages in the rear of the lot and narrow, slow speed streets. Some streets may even be free of cars altogether, in special cases. Learn more
In a new urbanist community, an interconnected street grid network disperses traffic and makes it easier to walk to your destination. There is a hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards, and alleys. The high-quality pedestrian network and public realm makes walking pleasurable. Learn more
3. Mixed-Use & Diversity
A new urbanist community contains mix of shops, offices, apartments, and homes. Moreover, mixed-use is present within neighborhoods, within blocks, and within buildings. This design lends to a diversity of people, including ages, income levels, cultures, and races. Learn more
4. Mixed Housing
In Union Village, as is standard for a true new urbanist community, there will be a range of housing types, sizes and prices in close proximity to each other. Learn more
5. Quality Architecture & Urban Design
An emphasis on beauty, aesthetics, human comfort, and creating a sense of place are hallmarks of new urbanism. There is special placement given to civic uses and sites within a new urbanist community. We believe human scale architecture and beautiful surroundings nourish the human spirit. Learn more
6. Traditional Neighborhood Structure
A new urbanist community design includes a discernable center and edge. Public space is provided at its center. We place high importance on quality public realm, and public open space is designed as civic art. The design includes a range of uses and densities within 10-minute walk. The professional boundary between the natural and man-made disappears, enabling environmentalists to assess the design of human habitat.
7. Increased Density
There are more buildings, residences, shops, and services closer together for ease of walking and to enable a more efficient use of services and resources. This also creates a more convenient, enjoyable place to live.
8. Green Transportation
Pedestrian-friendly design encourages a greater use of bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, and walking as daily transportation.
Creating a new urbanist community involves minimal environmental impact of development and its operations. We employ eco-friendly technologies, respect for ecology and we value of natural systems. We strive for energy efficiency, less use of finite fuels, local production. New urbanists promote more walking and less driving.
10. Quality of Life
Taken together these principles create a high quality of life, and create places that enrich, uplift, and inspire the human spirit.
To learn more about new urbanism, we recommend visiting Congress for the New Urbanism.