When founder Robert Davis’ vision of Seaside began to take root in the early 1980s, New Urbanism was not a phrase in his lexicon. He and the early Seaside architects simply knew how it should feel: A place so easy to get around, sneakers would be a primary mode of transportation, “congestion” just a cluster of kids riding bikes and no destination more than a five minute stroll away. Ample space for neighbors to gather to talk, play and enjoy time together. Harmonious cottage styles, each with its own colorful character. Instead of high-rise condominiums competing in the landscape, acres of uninterrupted ocean views for all to share.
Now we call it New Urbanism, and people come from all over the world to study the principals the town has come to embody. We’re proud to symbolize a movement, no matter how it’s defined. But we just call it Seaside.