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Blog post by Jay Walljasper on 22 Jul 2013
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns

Neighbors in Conover Commons in Redmond, Washington share an open field as their community gathering spot.

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By Project for Public Spaces on Mar 29, 2013 |
Future plans for Cadillac Square call for a lively marketplace / Image: PPS

 

You may have heard about downtown Detroit’s big comeback story. Campus Martius has become one of America’s great urban squares. Demand for housing has outstripped supply for months. Major tech firms like Twitter are opening up offices in refurbished historic buildings. The Motor City’s historic core is ascendant.

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Cover of Ross Chapin’s book Pocket Neighborhoods

 

Ross Chapin recently presented his ideas on the concept of Pocket Neighborhoods at an Urban Times sponsored workshop in Asheville, North Carolina (USA).  The event, a collaborative venture organized by the Asheville Design Center, drew over 100 design professionals, planners, and members of the public, focused on Chapin’s ideas of creating a community designed around the forgotten concepts of neighborliness and well… community.  On his website, Chapin provides the following breakdown of pocket neighborhoods:

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