Town building and land stewardship are inextricably linked. If we don’t build compactly, low-density suburbanization will consume our open spaces. If we don’t preserve important natural lands, urban growth will continue uncontrolled without edge or center.
Arcadia’s approach to town building has been influenced by the New Urbanism and Conservation Development. New Urbanism promotes compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods as an alternative to low-density, automobile-oriented, single-use development. Conservation Development promotes the clustering of uses to preserve more open space.
Building better neighborhoods and conserving our natural lands is not only an environmental imperative, it’s a human one. We are social creatures and we thrive when we know our neighbors, when we walk more and drive less, and when we have common places for congregation, recreation, and education.