New Urbanism fits Beaufort well

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 24, 2014 

In a recent column ("What do we want Beaufort to look like?" May 12), Historic Beaufort Foundation executive director Maxine Lutz asks whether the New Urbanists' approach in community planning is out of touch with Beaufort.

She must be unfamiliar with the history of the movement, founded in response to systematic destruction of traditional places, and must be unaware of the charter of the New Urbanism, which begins, "We stand for ... the preservation of our built legacy."

Additionally, she references the shuttered Olive Garden/Red Lobster and its throw-away nature as an example of New Urbanism. She is mistaken. In fact, that building site was part of a planning process predating the Boundary Street Master Plan designed by the former Congress for the New Urbanism board chairman Victor Dover's firm in 2005.

I would welcome the opportunity to connect Lutz with Dover so that he might share with her the various ways in which his grant-winning plan for the corridor is undermined by the as-built example she cites.

Historic Beaufort Foundation offers expertise in historic preservation; however, I would encourage Lutz to learn from the many local experts on the topics raised in her column, particularly members of the Carolinas Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Together we should strive to ensure that citizens receive the most accurate information and participate in an educated discussion about our city's future.

Mallory Baches


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