Seaside: The birthplace of New Urbanism (Photos)

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM.

"It was a demonstration project to show that suburban sprawl and making everything convenient for automobiles is not necessary," he said.


Furthering the dream

Davis designed the first two cottages built in Seaside , which are on Tupelo Street . He and his wife, Daryl, lived in one and the other served as the model home/office.

To further slow cars down, a pavilion was built in the middle of Tupelo Street , which all can enjoy at the end of the day. Robert and Daryl Davis were married in that pavilion in 1983.

At the end of every street stands a beach pavilion that serves as a grand gateway to the beach for all who live in the town.

"Those are a merger of what I saw in Point Clear, Ala., where big houses had lawns sweeping down to the bay with places to sit, and in Apalachicola, which had a place where neighbors share a beach walkover. It's a symbol for people that the beach is still theirs without building high rises. You don't need a beach-front lot," he explained. "I felt it important to build those gateways to the beach as a visible reminder to all who would buy into the community that you don't have to own a Gulf-front lot to be assured access to the beach."

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