Old-fashioned towns are the new style, says Amy Gamerman in an article for The Wall Street Journal.

Traditional neighborhood developments (TND) seek to recreate village life and evoke the feelings of a quaint small town. "These freshly minted, old-style communities feature leafy streets of historic-looking homes with porches and sidewalks, shared green spaces and shops."

TNDs are quite the opposite of gated golf course communities with cul de sacs of Tuscan-style villas, and instead create a strong sense of place for their resident home owners. The developments seem to be particularly popular in the south, especially in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. For example:

Old Town, a $45 million mixed-use development in Columbus, Ga., now completing its first phase of construction, is modeled after historic textile mill towns that once dotted the state—complete with a bright red mill building on a pond (it houses a screening room and soda fountain).

“We’re trying to bring back the DNA of towns and small cities that has been lost—in some ways, it’s storytelling,” said Andrew Cogar, president of the Historical Concepts architectural firm, which designed Old Town.

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