Real towns have centers of activity, commerce, culture and social gathering. A key ingredient to countering so-called suburban sprawl is the creation of cores of density and services that provide a less auto-oriented environment with the opportunity for more tight-knit, walkable living. Town centers and urban cores in suburban locations are challenging in that land values don't often support the building and parking solutions required to create a quasi-urban environment. Strong knowledge of building typologies, shared-parking methodologies and the challenges of mixed use are needed to design competent town centers and mixed-use suburban cores.
The Preserve Town Center
The Preserve helped redefine Master Planned Community character for the Inland Empire. By blending principles of New Urbanism with the demands of high-velocity, merchant builder delivery systems, a hybrid Neighborhood Crafted community character resulted.