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Prairie CrossingCreating an American Conservation Community$
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John Scott Watson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039867

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039867.001.0001

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A Geography of Somewhere

A Geography of Somewhere

(p.94) Chapter Five A Geography of Somewhere
Prairie Crossing

John Scott Watson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the goal of Prairie Crossing: to create a geography of somewhere, a place where residents would feel invested enough to volunteer their time to create genuine community. It begins with a discussion of Prairie Crossing's third, fourth, and fifth guiding principles: “a sense of place,” which draws off of and expands many of the concepts espoused by the New Urbanism movement; “a sense of community,” which aims to encourage social interaction among residents and also between Prairie Crossing and the larger communities of Grayslake and Lake County; and “economic and racial diversity,” which seeks to remedy the tendency toward exclusivity and homogeneity in community housing. The chapter also considers the degree of residents' level of satisfaction with the Prairie Crossing Homeowners Association's governance; where Prairie Crossing, as an exemplar of the conservation community policy model, fits in relation to the new town movement; and the Prairie Crossing Charter School.

Keywords:   Prairie Crossing, place, New Urbanism, community, economic diversity, racial diversity, Prairie Crossing Homeowners Association, conservation, new town movement, Prairie Crossing Charter School

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