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Sister and Brother Become Sustainable Developers By Accident

Kudos to CNN for their second new urbanism/walkable neighborhoods article that I have read this week. A brother and sister duo bought 40 acres of land in the Colorado community of Buena Vista, intending to develop it as a whitewater park along the Arkansas River. Instead, they wound up developing a walkable neighborhood called South Main, complete with mixed use development that connects to the existing downtown. They expected the properties of the first phase of the development to sell out in a year or two. They sold out in a month and a half. The best part is the age of the developers: Katie Selby is 29 and Jed is 27.

People like these are the developers of the future, my friends. Be prepared! I certainly can’t wait…

Check out their South Main development website. They note on the website that a source of their inspiration is from Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, an outstanding book that I have also read.

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  • Katie Selby October 12, 2005, 12:29 pm

    hello there- I just happened upon this website with you mentioning our project. thanks! by the way, our last name is selby, not shelby.

    cheers,
    katie

  • Eric October 13, 2005, 6:43 am

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for stopping by! I apologize for botching your last name, it is fixed now. Hopefully you can provide us some more detail about your development in the future, as this has been our most popular article to date.

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