The Indianapolis Business Journal has posted on a project that has been shelved in Madison County called “Simpler Times Village.” The project’s website is quite off-putting, with cartoonish 19th century figures that scream “ye olde shoppes”. However, it must be noted that the idea is not terrible. They would have been built to incorporate small farms. The buildings and streetscapes are human-scaled. Also, the businesses would be locally owned.
The fact that this would have been a green field development gets a thumbs down, though. I suspect that a good chunk of people who move to these greenfield New Urbanist developments still drive to work. Public transit would be non-existent. Overall, it is a mixed bag, but it would have been an interesting experiment to see had it been approved. I hope that in the future, this type of project would incorporate a less nostalgic take on human-scaled development.