Monday, July 9, 2012

new urbanism

We visited a small suburban community in Southern Sweden the other day. Jakriborg it's called, and it's just about some of the cutest newly built real estate I've seen in a long time. It was built in the early 90s, but as you can tell it's all cobblestones, picket fences and old-fashioned houses, and somehow they've managed to make it work without turning it into some kind of nostalgic, Disneyland pastiche of small-town living - In my opinion, at least. There's been quite the debate about this little enclave of houses that sits unobtrusively in the middle of a field, a couple of miles from Malmö.

From the look of it however, the people - and the kids in particular - seem to thrive there. Except from the maladjusted, goth teenagers, that is. But then again, it wouldn't be a proper small town without them.

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