New Urbanism, the design movement promoting “walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions,” is gradually changing the face of America. Its principles can be applied to a single structure, or an entire community. And more and more architects are calling it “the future of housing” in America.
North of Chicago, in the heart of suburban Libertyville, Illinois, is the urban development, SchoolStreet.
This attractive neighborhood, which includes the “Not So Big” Showhouse designed by famed architect, Sarah Susanka, is a combination of urban lofts and single-family, front porch homes.
Demonstrating many “new urban” characteristics, the SchoolStreet community borders Libertyville’s Main Street and its residents can easily walk to restaurants, parks, shopping, the train station, the library, entertainment, and a host of events unique to historic Libertyville. It is a wonderful example of community revitalization and offers a mix of all that is good about suburban and urban living.