Seaside: The birthplace of New Urbanism (Photos)

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

More than 30 years after founding their town, the Davises still live in Seaside for most of the year and can be seen walking and biking around town. They raised their son there until he was 12. Living in the model, their son worked at the town's market bagging groceries, and at the town's bookstore stocking shelves while growing up.

"That's what you did in traditional small towns," said Davis . "It kept kids out of trouble because everyone knew everyone else. It offers a critical, close nurturing environment."

 

Reflection

Looking back, is he proud of his creation?

"Very much. Yes, it turned out the way I imagined. Houses are more ambitious, though, but that's normal for towns over time to replace modest homes with bigger ones.

"We arrived home in Seaside last night from traveling and on our way in, stopped at the amphitheater where a concert was going on. People came up and shook our hand and thanked us for founding Seaside so they could come here and have this experience. Daryl and I looked at each other and said 'We did it.' Life doesn't always turn out as anticipated, but in this case, better. We thought it would take 10 years, but you never finish. We set in motion an ongoing process that will continue after our lifetime," he said.



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