Beginning in 2014, residents of Lakeside will start shaping a new kind of Flower Mound community — one where the aspiring can live near the retiring, young singles share the trail with boomer couples, wannabes sip coffee next to been-there-done-thats.
They will live on 60′ lots and 30′ lots, in lofts above retail, apartments, and in mid-rise condominiums.
Living in Lakeside will mean trading the privacy, singularity, and tranquility of suburban cul-de-sacs for the openess, diversity, and hub-bub of urban parks and sidewalks.
Residents will select Lakeside because they have arrived at a stage in life where they are embracing new social experiences, and appreciating the fact that they, along with their fellow Lakeside residents, hold the key to unlocking the vibrancy of the community.
Sophisticated plans and architecture cannot do it for them. It is up to them, according to the Project for Public Spaces.
As a series of stories from the Project for Public Spaces suggests, vibrancy “not only requires people, it is defined by how people interact.”
“Every neighborhood—every plaza, square, park, waterfront, market, and street—can be vibrant, if people feel like they can contribute to shaping their places.”
“Vibrancy is people,” suggests the story, “It cannot be built or installed.” Instead, it must be “inspired and cultivated.”
“When people feel encouraged to participate in shaping the life of a space, it creates the kind of open atmosphere that attracts more and more people. In their inclusiveness, our greatest places mirror the dynamics of a truly democratic society.”
In the introduction to the Guide to Neighborhood Placemaking in Chicago (written for the Metropolitan Planning Council), the organization declared, “Placemaking allows communities to see how their insight and knowledge fits into the broader process of making change. It allows them to become proactive vs. reactive, and positive vs. negative.
“Simply put, Placemaking allows regular people to make extraordinary improvements, big or small, in their communities.”
The people of Flower Mound played a key role in making Lakeside DFW possible.
It appears that future residents of Lakeside DFW will play a key role in shaping its success.