Monthly Archives: March 2011

New Urbanism and Newport – “New Urbanism: Not New or Urban-Only”

New Urbanism and Newport – “New Urbanism: Not New or Urban-Only”

For the last twenty years there has been a growing planning movement called “New Urbanism.” This ideology advocates, according to NewUrbanism.org, the following principles: 1) Walkability, 2) Connectivity; 3) Diversity of uses; 4) Mixed (price) housing; 7) Quality Architecture; 6) Traditional Neighborhoods; 7) Density; 8) Green Transportation; 9) Sustainability and 10) Quality of Life. More

Newport’s Irish Masons – “Irish Stonemasons Helped Build City’s Iconic Landmark”

Newport’s Irish Masons – “Irish Stonemasons Helped Build City’s Iconic Landmark”

We are now going through the first prolong economic downturn marked by mass migration from parts of the world even more economically challenged. Since the city’s founding in 1639, Newport has seen numerous cycles of boom and bust and waves of migration that matched those cycles. It is important to remember that the Declaration of Independence read so boldly from the Colony House in 1776 took decades to become reality. In the War of 1812, more than thirty years after the War for Independence, the British marched on Washington and burned the original White House. The decades after the Revolutionary War were particular hard on Newport and it was not really until well after the War of 1812 that Newport began to recover. One reason was that the defenses of the US were reconsidered and it was determined that the Coastal fortifications needed to be greatly strengthened. This was particularly true for Newport, one of the most important harbors and trading ports on the east coast. More