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  1. Someone has already run through one of the medians knocking down all of the trees. Very unfortunate.
  2. For you Transit Oriented Development (TOD) people its all about transit. It would be wonderful to have public transit linking everything, but if there is no aesthetic consideration, than you will be able to quickly, efficiently, and sustainably get from one crappy place to the next; not a world I want to live in. And for the leftists who want to talk about design control being a form of class warfare, you should know that the Obama administration is quite pro-New Urbanism and that the Congress for New Urbanism is well populated with liberals and socialists.
  3. You obviously know a lot more about Verdae than I do. What evidence do you have that "all of that has been...implemented at Verdae"?
  4. Verdae does have a rudimentary master plan done by a Charlotte firm with very little urban planning and no recognized TND experience. The current plan reflects "euclidian" planning which encourages segregation of uses (and pricing/income levels in residential/ note the separation of the "Manor" lots from Ruskin Square). Euclidian planning is essentially the type of 1970s and 80s type of master planning that we are all familiar with (gates etc.). Verdae is not a New Urbanist or TND plan as claimed by the developer. Please see the Smart Code: http://www.smartcodecentral.org/ . Why can't Gre
  5. You seem unwilling to accept that there is an architectural component to New Urbanism. It is true that if you look at most of what has been written about New Urbanism and, if fact, the Smart Code itself does not get very specific about about the design of individual buildings. The Smart Code does not promote any particular architectural vocabulary; but it does address scale, massing, density, setbacks, block dimensions etc. The point I continue to try to make, however inarticulately, is that almost all TNDs around the country try to aim higher than typical suburban architecture for the indi
  6. There are hundreds of TNDs around the country that have all types of residential options from $400 a month garage apartments to $4 million dollar houses. Please see www.tndtownpaper.com. Verdae has scores of examples to look to for inspiration; they just choose not to.
  7. I think it is all about aspiration and inspiration. Verdae is one of the most important development sites in the Southeast. You are absolutely correct to point out Verdae's superior connectivity and present and future connectivity to mass transit. I completely agree with everything you've said relative to transit. The point I am trying to make is that there are hundreds of well executed TNDs around the country and architecture is an important component of them. I am concerned that Verdae has not performed the type of in depth master planning and architectural coding that the project warra
  8. The best, rather, almost all, TNDs have an architectural code that dictates scale, massing, building elevations, setbacks, and materials. In essence an architectural vocabulary is created for the development that allows for endless variety within the language. You are correct to say that many of the homes's in Verdae will be built to buyer's specifications. However, Verdae is apparently relaxing the architectural code they had because they now want to be all things to all people without regard to a consistent aesthetic. Also, Verdae is currently building spec houses and townhouses that ar
  9. I agree with everything you've said here. I would really like for btoy to weigh in, as it was btoy who tried to suggest that "toned down" was actually less expensive. I know for a fact that the red house, which I agree is the more compositionally restrained, is also the more expensive house, and that can largely by attributed to the use of higher quality windows and doors and wood soffit/eaves instead of vinyl. Cost aside, I am assuming from what you said that you would consider the red house to be better architecture? In other words, the red house represents more sophisticated design?
  10. So, you think the red house is more "toned down"? Which house do you like better and why?
  11. Again...btoy's words not mine, but I think in saying "toned down" btoy meant less exterior complexity of design and "ornamentation". So, given that meaning which of the two houses above is more "toned down" in your mind? I think color should be disregarded here as there is no cost impact of one color over another.
  12. I said your words they were actually btoy's words, sorry, but what do you think?
  13. We're getting into subjective stuff here. Which of the houses is more "toned down" (your words) and why?
  14. I don't think that architectural quality and "ornamentation" are necessarily related. To me this is a question of high quality design versus less skilled design. Some of the greatest buildings in the history of architecture are almost completely devoid of ornament. To you which of the following houses is more "toned down"?
  15. I anticipated your response and will endeavor to point out specific detail when I have a little more time. I think what it really boils down to is good design, and while determining "good" design may be very subjective, I do think that the public tends to be more stimulated somehow by good design, traditional or modern, than by spec builder grade, draftsman (as opposed to architect) generated home design.
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