By Barry Hersh
Andres Duany, the noted architect and founder of new
urbanism, has been described as the most charismatic Cuban since Ricky
Ricardo. He used all his charm, and considerable skills, in leading a
weeklong design charrette in late October for the proposed Georgetown Land
Development redevelopment of a 55-acre former wire factory, located about
50 miles northeast of New York City in Redding, Connecticut.
In a community noted for land trusts, 5-acre zoning,
and vigorous preservation of its rural nature, the plan calls for a
pedestrian-oriented neo-traditional village of approximately 600
residential units, its own train station with service to Stamford and New
York, 290,000 square feet of commercial (both office and retail) and
civic (theatre, YMCA) space. The total value of the development could
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