A cottage has been built in the Southlands, an "agrarian urbanism" development on a 538-acre tract near Vancouver, British Columbia. The unit is a prototype for pocket neighborhoods — or "cottage courtyards" — clusters of homes gathered around a landscaped common area, designed by Cotter Architects. The 1,190 square foot cottage is geared towards more affordable housing "that meets the shrinking family household size and lifestyle needs of both starter families and aging empty-nesters," according to Smallworks Studios, the builder. "Fruit trees and a vegetable garden are featured in the common areas in the cottage courtyard, which links with the Southlands' theme of local food and agriculture, connecting the residential community to the integrated small farms that will occupy much of the Southlands preserved farmland." Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co did a plan in 2008 that developed an agrarian urbanism vision for the site.
At the Garrett's Chance subdivision in southern Prince George's County, Maryland, only two lots ended up being developed. The housing bust is for real. The subdivision is now being used to store hay, not exactly what the developer intended. The Washington Post says that since the end of the housing boom, an emerging generation of farmers has been buying, at cheap prices, some of the land that once seemed destined to hold new houses. Last year, one unharvested piece of land became Prince George's only dairy farm. People at the suburban-rural edge may have to get used to the sounds of roosters and pigs.