Sun 26 Nov 2006
Rockville Town Center, a transit-oriented development nearing completion in Rockville, Md., was in the national news recently. It received favorable coverage in the New York Times article A Piazza for a Maryland Suburb.
Writing for the online magazine Godspy earlier this year, Paul Grenier and Tim Patitsas wrote an extensive critique of Rockville Town Center titled The Liturgy of the City Street. While Rockville Town Center has certain flaws, I felt their critique was unfair in some respects. Here is my response to Grenier and Patitsas’ article:
More power to Grenier and Patitsas’ message of the liturgical spirit, if it can bring us better-designed and more durable architecture. And Godspeed to their sermon if it can bring us an economic/political system and cultural life that is friendlier and less rushed and stressed. May their words reach all those who have the power to effect such a change.
However, their article requires some refinement before I, and perhaps most new urbanists, can agree with its critique of new urbanism.