Under the direction of Ken Groves, downtown Montgomery, Alabama, built a traditional plaza much like those in Europe. The city was about to rebuild an intersection around the 1885-vintage Court Street fountain when Groves, head of the city’s planning department, asked Rick Hall and DeWayne Carver of Hall Planning & Engineering in Tallahassee to review the construction drawings. Hall and Carver saw the fountain area — which terminates a view down Dexter Avenue from the Capitol — as a place that would be congenial both for vehicles and for people on foot if designed and built properly.
Chapter 9 of the New Urbanism Best Practices Guide Civic and religious institutions are an integral part of a community. New Urbanism urges that schools, post offices, town halls, libraries, and religious buildings be sited in dignified, prominent locations — usually on an important green, plaza, or square, at a key main street intersection, or terminating a significant axis. They should not have parking lots in front of them. Many civic buildings in new urban communities use traditional architectural styles, but some are modern in design. Others interpret traditional design ideas in new ways.