Towns and Villages

Smaller communities often embody the best of both urban and rural life—walkable streets and sidewalks, small shops and eateries, and a calm, quiet atmosphere. Because of the compact scale of towns and villages, even small changes—such as the development of a single new building—can have a seemingly large impact on the community. Meaningful community engagement is essential in working such communities. Residents need to be heard but also given choices between alternate paths. Being able to visualize and model these choices is a critical part of gaining understanding and support for moving forward. Furthermore, the design of streets and buildings needs to be carefully calibrated to maintain and enhance the special qualities of towns and villages.