Sunday, August 28, 2011
Legacy Update: Neighborhoods & Small Towns
The 2001 Legacy Plan promotes compact, pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods that contain a mixture of land uses and offer a variety of transportation options. While some examples of this type of development have occurred locally, many neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and the small towns continue to be developed as low-density, auto-oriented subdivisions separated from personal services and shopping. On the plus side, public and private investments in sections of the county have resulted in the revitalization of residential and commercial areas and the preservation of historic resources.
Much work remains to be done if it is the community’s intent to create truly walkable, mixed-use and mixed-density neighborhoods and Town Centers. To do this means developing neighborhoods and small towns into livable and sustainable communities based upon their own unique characteristics.