Suburbia was created to meet the demands of those desiring an escape from the bustle and noise of the city. Developers designed communities that boasted a quieter, country-like atmosphere where moms could be home with kids and dads commuted to work each day.

Now, this paradigm is being flipped upside down and urban communities are pining for a more accessible lifestyle. As a result, developers and architects are blurring the lines between suburban and urban environments, creating walkable places.

How lucky we are that Boston is one of the cities putting an end to urban sprawl, along with other places like New York and D.C. There are several ways this is happening:

Bike & Helmet Share Programs. What a great idea this is. Rather than expecting people to finance/store their own bikes and helmets, communities like ours have created bike & helmet share programs, making it easy for people to bike from one place to another.


Hubway. Source: Hubway Facebook page


Ridesharing. Ridesharing apps like Lyft and Sidecar have made it more convenient than ever to catch a ride at a moment’s notice, or make a little extra money while you go about business as usual in your own car.

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Location, Location, Location. In Boston, there has been a reversal of where the most expensive office spaces are. At first, younger tech companies used to be based in suburbia and also outside the Boston financial district, such as in Kendall Square Cambridge, and in the new Seaport innovation district. Now, due to the increased rents of Seaport and Kendall, these young tech companies are flocking back to the Financial District, an area with much better public transportation infrastructure.

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Financial District, Boston,MA. Source:

Here at Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors, we are all about sustainable and accessible communities with walkable places. Schedule a consultation so we can begin planning yours.