Neal Peirce believes that two new developments provide good models for how the nation's communities can be both environment-friendly and economically successful.
Both communities have roots in the New Urbanist movement of focused neighborhood development; famed architect Peter Calthorpe played a role in Prairie Crossing's design while Andres Duany was Habersham's planner. Houses are closer together, open and shared space more prevalent, the layout walkable. Both are developing attractive town centers for shops and civic functions. But it is how the communities are tied to the natural environment that strikes one the most.