Principles of New Urbanism: Traditional Neighborhood Structure

New urbanist communities utilize the qualities of “traditional neighborhoods,” which were built in the United States up until World War II. Those neighborhoods, or villages, were built at human scale, placing a variety of housing and other uses within a 10-minute walk.

Traditional neighborhood structure also has a discernable edge and center with a common aesthetic. The public realm, including streets, walkways and gathering spaces, are high-quality and attractive. Public space, for civic use and arts, is placed at the center of the neighborhood.  

At Union Village, a Regional Commercial Center will connect to all the Union Village neighborhoods via walking trails, biking trails and an internal street network. A second larger town center will be surrounded by a village green. From the village green, a collection of neighborhood and hamlets will radiate outward, each arranged around a neighborhood green or civic building. These gathering spaces will become the birthplaces of civic life in Union Village.

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