As Americans turn away from sprawling suburbia to more urban neighborhoods, walkable communities have exploded in popularity. While the majority of Southwest Florida isn’t considered overly walkable, the Coconut Point area is an exception. The Coconut Point Mall, which anchors the master-planned Coconut Point area features 113 stores, 25 restaurants and a movie theater.
The minnpost.com has a story about a recent speech given by housing researcher John Mcllwain titled, “The Suburban Century is Over.” Mcllwain predicts a shift in American housing and lifestyle preference away from the white picket fence suburbia towards a more urban lifestyle. In TV terms the wonderful suburban neighborhoods of Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch and Bewitched are fading and the urban lifestyles of the Odd Couple, Mary Tyler Moore and Frazier are coming of age.