As soon as the motorcar became common, the pedestrian scale of the railroad neighbourhoods disappeared, and with it, most of its individuality and charm. The suburb ceased to be a neighbourhood unit: it became a suffused low density mass. But the motorcar had done something more than destroy the pedestrian scale, it either doubled the number of cars needed per family, or it turned the suburban wife into a full time chauffeur.
Lewis Mumford, urban historian
The City in History, 1961

Finding or Building a Pocket Neighborhood: Architects and Land Planners

Peer Consulting and Collaborating

Ross Chapin Architects has focused on pocket neighborhood development since 1995 and have been active advocates for this approach to housing development. Rather than seeing us as competition, consider us as coaches and collaborators. If you’re working on a pocket neighborhood project and want our perspective, contact us about our consultation services.