Up and Coming Work by NOW Communites

Rethinking the Master Planned Community

Street view of an on-the-boards master-planned community, looking toward its central park. Roads are narrower to calm traffic, minimize pavement, and ensure a human feel. Trees create a landscape zone between street and sidewalk. The project consists of layers going from the public to the private realm, with street-facing front porches raised above street level.

Bird’s eye view of an on-the-boards master-planned community. Its central park, a gathering place, is flanked by attached rowhomes. The park offers a counterpoint to that density. One of the MPC's two large open spaces, it will be a community destination and gathering place.

Aerial view. The MPC is sited on a former military base. "We’ve pulled the houses together to create as much open space as possible," says Dan Gainsboro. "We’re trying to piece back together a former street grid that had a radial scheme that got ignored and was broken town over time."

Birds eye view of a mixed-use cottage community that's also in the permitting stage. The 16-cottage project will also have 9000 square feet in the form of small scale retail and commercial space. For added walkability, trails go through the center of the project. A park and parking provide a buffer between commercial and residential.

Conceptual site plan for the cottage community. A quarter mile to the northeast (across Fisher Street), is a commuter train station. From there, it's a half an hour ride to Boston. To the east are condos.

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