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.
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.
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.
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.
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.