Seaside: The birthplace of New Urbanism (Photos)

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

There are seven gateway beach pavilions in Seaside , all different, each the unique inspiration of seven different architects.

Davis sold the first lots in his town for $15,000 and did everything he could to draw people in to hear about his dream, including offering pony rides in 1992.


The birth of New Urbanism

The concept of walkable small towns where neighbors and families reconnect without the need for automobiles caught national and then international attention. Davis ' idea took hold and garnered popularity and a movement was born that became known as New Urbanism. He established the Congress of New Urbanism.

Regarded as the birthplace of New Urbanism, Seaside stands as the model to show the way for traditional town building and every year architects and town planners from around the world come to experience the model for themselves.

"Baby Boomers get bored with the suburbs and the time spent in cars and are moving back to the cities," said Davis . "I am a child of the 1950s and 1960s when getting your driver's license liberated you. New Urbanism does not eliminate the choice of using a car, but shows it is not required to go to the market. We offer choices."

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