The old affordable-housing model is being thrown out as thoughtfully designed homes for low-income families are fast replacing the drab, concrete boxes of the 1960s and 1970s. Douglass Square reflects that shift.
To create a neighborhood feel, architect Jeff Bone and project architect Jack Schroeder stipulated rear service alleys and parking. This move eliminated the need for front curb cuts and created pedestrian-friendly sidewalks unbroken by cars. They then designed a series of small houses—single-family, duplexes, town-houses, and four-plexes—that are marked by simple forms and a lively color palette.