3 LESSONS FOR BUILDING A GREAT COMMUNITY — FROM A VERY SMALL TOWN

Asbury Park is perfectly situated to be a people-centric community–it’s built in to our existing design!  At a little over a mile square, and with a developing and reconfigured Main Street, plus schools within walking distance within the city, we are set to be a model of what can be done with a small American city,.  We’ll join the most vibrant cities of Europe and forward-thinking cities in the US.

“Despite the lack of any substantial off-street parking, the sidewalks are alive and well with full storefronts and a steady stream of foot traffic. Unlike most commercial corridors, Millbrook embraces the kind of human-scale development often prohibited by local zoning in spite of nearly ubiquitous demand.”

“With the proliferation of form-based codes and rejection of parking minimums gaining steam, it’s clear there is demand for change. Towns seeking to become economically resilient and differentiate themselves as more than another series of congested strip malls and subdivisions can look to Millbrook as a model.

While Millbrook highlights the importance of mixed-use zoning and engaging with community assets, it also serves as a powerful reminder that great communities come in all sizes. Every town has the ability to counter the tradition of suburban development and embrace a new era of building great communities.”

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https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/1/22/3-lessons-for-building-a-great-community-from-a-very-small-town

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