The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) announced that the Village of Providence in Huntsville, Alabama has been named the Community of the Year in the 2014 Best in American Living Awards (BALA). The Village of Providence has been developed since the beginning by a local family business headed by Town Founder David Slyman. Providence was planned by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company in 2002, with Andrés Duany as project principal and directed briefly by Jeff Speck until his departure for private practice, and then by Galina Tachieva and Xavier Iglesias ever since.
Wanda and I have had the honor of being involved in the Village of Providence since the very beginning. It was at providence that we wrote our very first architectural pattern book, and I have served there almost continuously as Town Architect except for one brief time right after we moved to Miami. Andrés Duany said publicly this morning that "Steve had more to do with this project than anyone else--even DPZ. He shepherded it year after year.” There are so many great stories to tell about Providence, and so many great lessons learned. We’ll be blogging about them in coming weeks, beginning with this post.