New Urbanism – at No Additional Cost – loving what you have

The website for the City of Hampton, Virginia is low key and …well …neighborly.  If you’re curious, click Living in Hampton. I especially like the page for its Neighborhood Office.  It is here that a resident can learn about his street community and what identifies its sense of place.  This is new urbanism at no additional cost, describing the presence of the features and home styles, already present, that give identity to a neighborhood’s surroundings. 

The Neighborhood Office operates within the Community Development Department that has the responsibility for programs funded by the U.S. HUD under its administration.  One such expenditure in 2010 was for the commissioning and publication of a document entitled BUCKROE STYLE, a supplement to the Curb Appeal Guide that it had previously issued.  GMF+ ASSOCIATES had the privilege to create this little document for the Neighborhood Office of the City of Hampton.  It is illustrates, in pictures, diagrams and with references, the idea of New Urbanism at No Additional Cost, outlining homeowner tips for do-it-yourself remodeling projects consistent with its historical traditions of the neighborhood.

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    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.
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