This article by Jaime Brunner describes a characteristic of New Urbanism that is often overlooked: color. She describes the flourishes of color characteristic of Art Deco and Victorian architecture, and how we have moved towards a great variety of beiges in our color pallet. She compliments Stapelton and Prospect (again with the Denver compliments) for bringing back color, as well as integrating different architectural styles. Many New Urbanist communities do have a wider variety of colors than more conventional neighborhoods (Utah’s most prominent New Urbanist community, Daybreak, has a street that has been nicknamed Crayola Street). They stand out, they have personality, and in a straight affront to the idea that neutrals help resale value, they have been better weathering the recent economic turmoil than their beige counterparts.
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