Baldwin Park in Orlando, FL is perhaps one of the best-known new urbanist redevelopment projects in the country. Formerly a naval base, when the project began in 1993 the site underwent a major demolition and cleanup. Today, buildout of the 1,100 acre site is nearly complete. All the benchmarks of new urbanism are in place here, and it lacks the stench of gimmick found in many neotraditional Florida projects. There is a viable commercial corridor where office and neighborhood-scale retail uses coexist with high residential densities. The center is within walking distance of a majority of the units, with single family neighborhoods on a secondary ring which blend in with the surrounding Winter Park neighborhood. There is ample open space and pedestrian networks, and lakes are used for both drainage and recreation.
The varied housing architecture is perhaps the most interesting feature about Baldwin Park. Colonial, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Southern Cracker, and Victorian are interspersed throughout. Odd contrasts for sure, but there is an integrity to the construction that makes it work. Open space networks serve to primarily enhance the appeal of the multifamily units, which seem to be neotraditional-european or something.
The City of Orlando deserves kudos for insisting on a project that enhances the city rather than detracts from it. The plan, which was developed through a two-year charette process, was aimed at establishing a pattern of uses and densities to reduce automobile dependency and encourage transit connections with the rest of the city. In a region with daunting growth management challenges, Baldwin Park is an important illustration of sustainable urban design.
This is all residential.
Here is the finished product.