A village center needs more than just housing to be attractive to young people, writes 27-year old Tyler Archer in an editorial for the Danbury News Times. No matter how much housing is built, it’s pointless if you still have to drive across town to find amenities such as walkability, dining, shopping and entertainment options. Also important are creating true village centers that reflects their community’s colonial character, married with modern design. What’s not wanted are large parking garages, awkwardly tall buildings, or strip malls.
As Mr. Archer puts it, “As long as there are cities, Brookfield will never win the race for recent college graduates. But our village center can win their next step. Give young professionals saving for the future and new young families the room they need to grow and a lifestyle they can enjoy with comfortable built-to-last two- and three-bedroom housing.”