New urbanism evokes a community that promotes walkability, connectivity, diversity, sustainability, green transportation, increased density, and a higher quality of life (New Urbanism, n.d). Mixed housing adds to socio-economic diversity and builds on community sustainability through balance. A community center adds interconnectivity and a sense of belonging. An area that promotes walkability with local conveniences and outdoor space promotes a healthier lifestyle. These are the some of the main components that Prairie Crossing, Illinois included in their community plan that offers a better quality of life.
Prairie Crossing, Illinois was built around the idea of a new urbanism. Jackson & Sinclair (2011) describe a self-sustaining farm community. It is close to public transportation to encourage environmental protection. Additionally, this community promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering organic, affordable food choices, walkability, community involvement, and lifelong learning.
The Overall Project
Symptoms. According to the case study by Jackson & Sinclair (2011), there was a need for a general community plan that would incorporate the financial, emotional, and physical needs of the middle-class. This plan needed to incorporate a sense of community, promote a healthier lifestyle to combat obesity, as well as offer financial sustainability during arduous economic times.
Diagnosis. A sense of place was developed through the restoration of the land to its original state. This offered the opportunity to create a working farm that would promote interconnectivity while the people of the community learned “to raise crops and market their produce, sharing equipment and information (Jackson & Sinclair, 2011, p. 71).” Additionally, the community offered children a chance to learn how to grow food and provide a safe option to walk or bike into school. According to Jackson & Sinclair, the start of a healthy community is healthy kids.
Cure. The Prairie Crossing residents...