Sustainable and Obtainable

A new sustainable housing development breaking ground in Oregon has put affordability on the same pedestal as sustainability.
July 21, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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The developers hope to utilize public spaces and gathering areas to give the development a village feel.

"'The whole idea behind Wilder is gathering and community,' Serkin says. 'The whole idea of providing places for people, where they don't have to go be consumers to get together with people. They can walk in the woods or get together for coffee. That's why we were thrilled to start with a park. It symbolizes that it really will be a village at some point.'

There will be cottages and apartments, single-family dwellings and four-square "flex" houses that can house one family or two. They envision a village center with retail and office space, a pub, general store and maybe even a wellness center and day care. And all of it will be walkable and bikeable, and most importantly, built as sustainably as they can."

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Published on Monday, July 19, 2010 in The Oregonian
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