I am a developer in the Milwaukee area who has put together a team to
develop a truly unique style of urban village. I call the concept:
The idea is to create authentic and sustainable urban and sub-urban
villages that incorporate elements to make a truly "livable" urban
community. BOHO comes from both the inspiration of the developmental
style of SOHO in NYC and the Bohemian spirit of creating a new
destination in the urban frontier.
Taking cues from the most successful "Lifestyle Centers" in the nation
and pealing off the fake exterior to expose the possibilities that lie
beneath... is our goal. Each BOHO center has a strong retail,
restaurant, service and office element as well as loft style living.
Many will include a civic element and all have dedicated green space.
Preferred locations are near transit hubs in emerging neighborhoods.
LEED certification is the goal for all projects and a deep community
involvement from the conceptual phase to completion.
Mid you this is no hippie-idealist notion. The pro-forma is solid and
the market is ready. Several New Urbanist ideas are incorporated along
with a financially sound development plan.
I am seeking feedback and comments from this community...
It sounds AMAZING!!!! I might even be interested in ditching my cramped
urban location, surrounded by gays, ethnics, and public transit, to seek the
new urban frontier with the other hipsters-who've-had-enough and need
another parking spot. Do you have a brochure?
Maybe you need some ideas? I could work with you on spec. I'd be thrilled
just to be a part of such a cutting edge venture. If it takes off, then
maybe you could toss me some coin some day. I've worked in developing both
conventional and new urbanist communities.
Sorry... Gays, Ethnics and Public transit...are all in the mix.
Cramped is the one thing that you will be able to get out of... as
this is geared for Secondary and Tertiary markets.
Parking is in the mix too...only as a place to park your 1967 BMW cafe
That said....I welcome you to join the adventure!!!
The small minds will not be welcome at the gate.
How bout a market rather than the standard retail stuff. There was this
Co-housing development I visited in Oakland that had a Market right at its
entrance. You could buy all the freshest things you could imagine right at
your doorstep. What about live-work areas?
THat's one thing I'd like - to be able to walk to the grocery. (Being 50
and arthritic, that means pref. about a half mile at most, especially when
it's over 90 degrees and drippingly humid...
There is a Kroger's grocery about a mile and a quarter from the house here;
it's more than I can handle to walk there and back - I'd consider a bicycle
or even a small scooter/"mini-motorcycle" type of thing BUT, to get to the
store, I'd have to cross a completely absurd and psychotic intersection
which is barely even safe to traverse in a car... So, I drive.
Yup, a market would be nice. I can walk to the Walgreen's, but they don't
sell vegetables or meats. Or beer...!
This is not a new idea urban villages located within a large city. In
fact, some years ago this was brought up in Seattle when rezoning of areas
with the county were being considered. In fact, there are several areas
right now being developed with the 'Urban Village' concept. These are not
specific to the rich it is aimed at low to medium families as well as the
aged. Where, the 'village' has everything that is needed within such as
commercial, restaurants, grocery stores etc. If you do a 'google search for
"High Point in Seattle Washington is a beginning of a urban village in
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