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December 08, 2007

Port Warwick

Port Warwick is a planned mixed-use community in Newport News. We often take the dog walking back there. I'm completely fascinated with the place. Much of the planning seems to be taken from the pages of Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language"; however the result is a place that's nice to visit but I don't think I'd actually want to live there.

Green spaces

There are green public spaces with seating every two blocks or so. The sidewalks are wide and uninterrupted. The streets are narrow and the sparse traffic is slow. All driveways are at the back, away from the green spaces. Many houses have sitting porches; not all have chairs.

Meet me at Herman Melville and Eugene O'Neill

The streets are all named after authors.

Good sidewalks.

The houses all look pretty much the same. There are subtle differences if you really look closely, but it all pretty much screams "Homeowners Association".

Main square

The residential areas connect to a main green square that I think looks exactly like a college campus.

Modern apartments

There are shops and restaurants at street level around the main square. We ate at this thai restaurant tonight; it was quite tasty.

Posted by lisa at December 08, 2007 10:01 PM


Those street signs at first looked like they were made with the "prisoner" font. :) I really did think that. I'm too lazy to find the font's real name though. I'm a bad commenter.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on December 8, 2007 11:42 PM

Albertus! I know it well.

The whole place definitely has a "Prisoner" feel to it, although obviously less awesomely sixties.

Posted by: lisa on December 9, 2007 10:13 AM

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