With the Grain
Reason to Plan
Strange Truths
An excerpt from: Rural by Design by Randall Arendt (page 25)

Public Dissatisfaction with Conventional Zoning

"Professional planners throughout much of the country are beginning to feel the effects of citizens' initiatives based on a growing public awareness that the special qualities of their small towns are being needlessly eroded by conventional sprawl development. The slowly rising tide of public dissatisfaction with typical suburban approaches to new development in small towns can be distinguished in many cases from purely antigrowth attitudes and certain valid, but more specific, environmental concerns.

"William H. ('Holly') Whyte put his finger on a large part of the problem in the late 1960s with his wry observation that developers seem always to name their subdivisions after precisely those attractive features they have destroyed (e.g., 'Orchard Valley Estates' and 'Hickory Grove Manor'). This approach of subdivision names memorializing that which has been lost is actually much older, and probably even predates the 1920s, when Sinclair Lewis sarcastically decribed the normal approach of realtors in his day: 'When George Babbitt laid out Glen Oriole acreage development, when he ironed woodland and dipping meadow into a glenless, orioleless sunburnt flat... he righteously put in a complete sewerage system.' "
© 1994, American Planning Association



Developers seem always to name their subdivisions after precisely those attractive features they have destroyed.  Wren... Wood... Welcome to Beautiful WrenWood Acres, by Catrow, in the Springfield News-Sun

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