University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lean Urbanism for Greenfield Development: Seaside Case Study

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Florida
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Seaside, the resort town in the Florida Panhandle, is best known for being a compact, walkable and diverse community, but it has also become known as one of the first environmentally designed new towns. It is now time for it to be recognized as a model for Lean Urbanism, particularly greenfield development. These attributes are fundamental to environmentalism in that they minimize the consumption of land, eliminate off-site trips, and encourage walking and bicycling, creating an urban pattern that is inherently sustainable. But in addition to the inherent benefits of the community’s urban design, there are also several explicitly “green” design elements in this 33-year-old town.

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