BUILDING BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS BOOK
"I look forward to learning more about the follow-up activities your materials describe and sincerely hope that the document can be distributed on a national scale. You have done a service for Minnesota... simply stated, it is the best work of its kind that I have seen produced to date."
Chairman & CEO, American City Vista
Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Building Better Neighborhoods is a design guide created by Cermak Rhoades Architects and the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund to help people understand sound design principles for building mixed income neighborhoods. Simple, clearly delineated diagrams and easy to read captions illustrate the design strategies for the five physical aspects of neighborhood planning: site selection, lots, streets, homes and landscape systems. The strategies in the guide are evaluated according to both cost and value to encourage a balanced approach to planning issues. Over thirty cities have now used this guide as a resource for building thousands of new homes in well-designed neighborhoods throughout Minnesota.
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's "Excellence in Housing Design" Award, 2001