Kentlands is one of the first, and probably the best known of the archetypal towns and villages which are actually built by architects who design, not just building, but entire communities and the towns in which they exist.  These community designers eschew the "little boxes" types of houses that were built in single use communities during the second half of the twentieth century, and hearken to the classic hometowns that dotted the landscape from New England to the Pacific coast. 

Kentlands is a community that was designed to combat the isolating elements of developments with convoluted streets that have no town center.  Kentlands is based on villages from years past with a market center, schools, parks and others green spaces and pleasant walks throughout.  Live-work units are another concept brought back in the Kentlands.  While many people still need to commute from the Kentlands, a number of residents are learning how to work from home.

The Lakelands is another community which was built next to the Kentlands and is served by the same market area.  Both communities were built on property once owned by Otis Beal Kent who envisioned the typed of community on the farm that he named Kentlands.

For practical reasons, developments sprung up across the United States in which "single use" communities were considered ideal.  This defeated the normal way people like to live.  For millennia humanity has gathered together in business centers with farms surrounding.  The many city states of Greece were essentially towns.  The town, or the 18th century village  has come to be recognized as the ideal way of life.  We see this in the way we idealize the towns and small cities of Europe, the New England villages with the white church spire in the center, the western towns of fiction, and so many others.  Even in large cities, such as Manhattan, residents form smaller units with become like towns in that their markets, schools, churches, and so on, are located within walking distance.

New community concepts have revived the ancient idea of the town, and New Urbanist or Neo Traditional communities are being planned and developed which bring back the life style which was developed away during most of the 20th century.

We have celebrated the concept of the town in paintings and books, in songs such as "My Town," in the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, T.V. shows like Northern Exposure.  Kentlands and Lakelands are reviving the olde towne.

Kentlands features tree-lined streets and pleasant walks such as the one pictured here.  Houses in the Kentlands and the Lakelands are built close together in order to promote the kind of community that existed from coast to coast in the Our Townes kind of places in 19th century America.