Project: Third Street Cottages
Architect: Ross Chapin Architects
Developer: The Cottage Company
Eyes on the Commons

The first line of defense for personal and community security is a strong network of neighbors who know and care for one another.  When the active spaces of the houses look onto the shared common areas, a stranger is noticed.  As well, nearby neighbors can see if daily patterns are askew next door or be called upon in an emergency.
To create a defensible space community, residential areas should be subdivided into smaller entities of similar families because control is enhanced.
—Oscar Newman, architect & city planner, Defensible Space