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  • GREGORY M. FRECH

    Urban Underbelly is a blog that seeks to share the back stories of successes and struggles in achieving the visions of New Urbanism, especially in Hampton Roads, Virginia

    New Urbanism: is a city planning and architecture movement directed at the creation and restoration of vibrant neighborhood places: centralized, sustainable, walkable and socially diverse.
  • Living in a small house just could be where It’s a Wonderful Life
    As the economy has constricted the size of a new house has been diminishing too. [Five Reasons to buy a small house] That may be a good thing. There is coincidentally a growing body of current literature that promotes introspective living, less...   >>READ MORE
    ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS = affordable housing made easy
    Locating affordable housing opportunities in an already existing neighborhood can get very controversial when a project for a pocket of such households is proposed to be located where none has existed before.  On the other hand planners, funding agencies and the even the public at large are likely to find agreement in the ...   >>READ MORE
    Where to park cars – old urbanism vs new urbanism
    In the days before automobiles dominated the neighborhood streets a single family car could park on the street in front of a house or in an alley behind the house, or on the side of the house, or in a detached garage behind the house.  Urban streets were historically never equipped to deal with multiple car households.  ...   >>READ MORE
    The alternative to extending Light Rail now is a Grim Tale
    Light Rail "nay sayers" have a view of the future that our choice is between (1) more and wider roads, or (2) a fixed rail link between regional communities that is likely to run in the red for the near term. Choice (1) is folly since building roads destroys the environment and fossil fuels will inevitably run out for ou...   >>READ MORE









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    Residential PROJECTS
    Winthrope Avenue Residence
    Greene Residence
    North End Residence
    Burnette Residence
    Tibideaux Residence
    Straley Residence
    Stewart Residence
    Standing Residence
    Simkins Residence
    Shaheen Residence
    O’Connel Residence
    Kyrus Residence
    Klar Residence
    Kesler Residence
    Gerloff Residence
    Commercial PROJECTS
    Chamberlayne Ave. Storage
    Linkhorn Bay Condo
    Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant
    Self Storage: Historical Renovation
    Self Storage: Curved Glass Façade
    Self-Storage: Phased Construction
    Self-Storage: Building Reuse
    Self-storage: A Commanding Presence
    Self-Storage: A Good Neighbor
    Neighborhood Office Building
    Kettler Headquarters
    Cagney’s Restaurant
    Self-Storage: Structural Innovation
    Planning PROJECTS
    Buckroe Beach, Hampton Virginia
    Knotts Creek Refuge
    Virginia Beach Community Development Cooperation
    Cypress Cove Commons
    Bishop Court
    Curtis Residence
    Burton Station Office Park

    Green PROJECTS
    EarthCraft Residence
    Frech Residence
    NRHA
    Torope Residence
    Fortner Residence
    Interiors PROJECTS
    Cape Henry Residence
    Lochhaven Residence
    Nicholson Residence
    Waterside Interior Renovation
    Element Restaurant & Lounge
    Bangkok Garden

    Awards
    HomeArama 2010 East Beach
    Church Point Shopping Center
    Church Point, Historical Manor House
    Smithfield Affordable Sustainable Workforce Housing
    Beach Park West Apartments
    Bubba’s Shellfish Company