What is a Traditional Neighborhood Development?
A Traditional Neighborhood Development is defined as a compact, mixed-use neighborhood where residential, commercial and civic spaces are in close proximity—ideally within walking distance. This architectural planning trend came about in the 1990s and is based on traditional small towns and city neighborhoods. This variety of use allows educational facilities, civic buildings, commercial establishments and private residences to be served by a network of paths, streets and lanes where residents may choose the option of walking, biking or driving within the neighborhood. Public and private spaces share equal importance, creating a balanced community that serves a wide range of home and business owners. The inclusion of civic buildings and civic spaces such as plazas, greens, parks and squares enhances both the community’s identity and value.
The 64-acre master plan of The Village of Cheshire was designed by the world-renowned Traditional Neighborhood Development architecture firm Andres Duany and Elizabeth Platter Zyberk Company (DPZ). DPZ creates urban places which encourage diversity and complexity. Safe, pedestrian-friendly streets encourage people to walk and to interact with their surroundings. Well-designed public realms, encourage people to hang out beyond home and work, facilitating new social networks and affiliations—at Cheshire, we have placed a heavy emphasis on our “front porches”—creating larger transitional spaces from indoor to outdoor to encourage community interaction.
People across the world have come to seek out DPZ neighborhoods instead of suburban sprawl enclaves because they are more environmentally responsible, and because they promote a more fulfilling life and a greater sense of well-being.