What Would Jemison Do?

Alabama Association of Regional Councils


Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. CDT

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The City of Mountain Brook, Alabama, is one of the earliest planned communities in the nation. Robert Jemison’s vision of a community nestled in a charming woodland scene has been cherished, nurtured and preserved since the late 1920’s. In cooperation with the creative talents of Warren H. Manning and W.H. Kessler, Jemison took great care to incorporate house sites and winding, tree-canopied roads into the natural landscape. Later, commercial nodes were established as quaint villages where local residents enjoyed convenient access to goods and services. The same attributes that strengthened the beauty of Jemison’s original vision are still very much alive today, and continue to underscore the City’s contemporary planning goals and policies. Mountain Brook’s City Planner, Dana Hazen, will discuss current redevelopment projects in the City, as well as the City’s ongoing efforts to promote and maintain a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly community.