Seaside: The birthplace of New Urbanism (Photos)

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

"Seaside is important because it energized a movement to revive small towns — to give Southern families the opportunity to be in a place to relax ... where parents and grandparents can be childlike and kids can have a sense of independence that suburbs have failed to provide ... where they can bike from home to school, and scouts, and going to the store without having to be in a vast sea of cars. It has given a couple of generations of kids a place where they can gradually increase their sense of independence."


The way forward

Currently, Davis sees his job as being the "visionary in residence."

"These days, I just try to keep it in the road and offer new ideas," he said.

One of the visions he is working on is a history of Seaside told through the eyes of Bud, the Davises ' dachshund who was the town's mascot, third founding partner, and who died in 1998 at age 20.

"He was with me when the town was founded and he considered it his job to take care of me," said Davis .

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