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Examples of this pattern in action:

U.S Coast Guard Housing in Astoria, OR
The U.S. Coast Guard received an award for developing innovative and attractive family housing in Astoria. Building on a 45-acre site within the city limits, the development team surveyed Astoria's neighborhood characteristics and worked with the city and its residents to ensure it would be compatible with Astoria's existing community. The development emphasizes the connection between homes, schools, commercial services, and open spaces in the area.

Orenco Station in Hillsboro, OR
With a site designated as a town center in Metro's region 2040 plan, the developers of Orenco Station set out to realize the vision of living and workng in wakling distrance of transit, and Orenco Station is already demonstrating that mixed-use development near light rail can work — and sell. The plan was created to take advantage of the light rail's proximity as well as to support transit by providing a higher density of residential and commercial uses within walking distance. The project features a mix of housing types, parks and open spaces, a traditional neighborhood main street, and an adjacent community shopping center. The design includes pleasant sidewalks, narrow tree-lined streets and through connections to surrounding streets and businesses. And all of this is next to some of the area's largest high-tech employers.

Fairview Village in Portland, OR
Fairview Village is gaining National attention for its unique approach to neighborhood design. It is a mix of houses, rowhouses, & apartments built among retail, office, and other civic amenities. In short, a town designed the old-fashioned way - with all the comfort and community feel of a small town, and all one's daily necessities just a short stroll away. The homes are designed with timeless charm and grace and built with traditional craftsmanship — but using contemporary floorplans and amenities. These are not tract homes...we have an endless variety in the Village. We believe they are simply...the best-built homes in the Portland marketplace.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Livable Oregon

Partners for Livable Communities


Calthorpe, Peter. The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Princeton Architectural Press. Princeton, NJ. 1993.

Corbett, Judy and Michael Corbett. Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning from Village Homes. Island Press. Washtington, DC. 2000.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling