Prince Charles And New Urbanism

Prince Charles granted CBS News' Steve Kroft an interview featuring the village of Poundbury - a New Urbanist enclave that demonstrates real-world implementation of a walkable community.

"His vision is laid out in bricks and mortar in Poundbury, a village of 2,500 people, which he created on his land near Dorchester in the south of England. All his ideas on architectural design, class structure, aesthetics and ecology are here. And what he sees as the future looks very much like the past: an 18th century village adapted for the 21st...

Kroft remarked that the buildings looked as if they were built to last, lacking flimsy materials...Everything in the village is constructed of native or recycled materials, 'sustainable development,' he calls it, that conserves the Earth's resources.

Single-family homes are mixed with small apartments so there are people of all income levels here living side by side in a community with shops and light industry. The narrow twisty roads discourage automobile traffic, and cars are parked out of sight in landscaped lots...

He believes that the modern world with its cars and computers is slowly eroding our humanity, that we are losing touch with the world around us."

Thanks to Nathan Norris

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