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About traditional neighborhood development

A traditional neighborhood development (TND) is a compact, mixed use neighborhood wher
e residential, commercial and civic spaces are within walking distance of each other.  A TND includes a variety of different housing types, prominent parks and gathering places, civic uses like schools and community centers, and a main street or village square that serves as its commercial and social hub. 

A TND has an interconnected network of paths, streets, and lanes where residents and visitors can choose different options for walking, biking, or driving within the neighborhood.   Public and private spaces share equal importance.

Basic TND design principles include:
  • Compact form, with a distinct center and edge.
  • A mutually compatible mix of shops, offices, civic uses, and homes.
  • More buildings, residences, shops, and services closer together, for ease of walking, and wiser use of finite land and resources.  
  • A range of housing types, sizes, prices, and density levels, that lends to a diversity of lifestyles, age groups, household types, and income levels among residents.
  • Parks, schools, and civic buildings at prominent locations, within walking distance of residents.
  • An interconnected network of streets, sidewalks, alleys, and paths, that disperses vehicle traffic, makes walking and cycling safe and interesting, and allows different options for getting from one place to another.  
  • Buildings facing the street or street-fronting open space.
  • High quality, human-scaled architecture.
  • Unobtrusive off-street parking. 
  • A strong sense of place and identity.


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A sampling of traditional neighborhood development projects