NEWTOWN, CT--(Marketwire - April 2, 2009) - The growth of green consciousness and the demand for more open space is just one of five key trends emerging from the drawing boards of today's master-planned community designers, says Michael Gene Peters, a town planner at Wood & Partners Inc.

Peters names these five important design trends and describes how they are affecting what buyers are seeing in today's new communities in an article he wrote for the blog.

The top 5 trends, he says, focus on: 1. Pedestrian orientation; 2. Environmental conscience; 3. Recreational programming; 4. Integrated mixed uses; and 5. Multi-modal transportation.

These ideas are not new, he notes. In fact, the five top trends in today's master-planned communities are concepts that were actually created more than 50 years ago. These trends, born out of the post World War II era, are now mainstream once again due to current environmental and socioeconomic issues.

The image of classic neighborhood living that guided the American Dream is still very much alive today.

You can see the entire article on the blog, along with examples of well-designed communities such as Daniel Island, SC.

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