OK, so you're probably wondering "what's up with all of these John Nolen Plan signs popping up all over the island".  The sightings started about two weeks ago, when Venice Main Street began coordinating an effort to mark the parts of the city that were designed by Nolen, the visionary planner who first brought Euro style walkable communities to the U.S. in the 20th Century.  Now he is in the spotlight again. These signs mark a unique piece of history and the city's dedication to preserve his city plan has gotten attention from the U.S. register of Historic Places, making Venice one of only three cities to have such a designation for their plans.  Obviously over the years, many of the original structures have been torn down and replaced, so it gets a little confusing to see which streets and places were included in his plan, but this recent effort makes it easy to participate in Venice's rich history, now tourists and Venetians alike can see the city in a new light.  This is a city that's been called one of the best planned cities in the United states and as such Nolen's genius is often taken for granted.  Nolen designed his city around humans, people were always the focus of his plans and you can see it still today.  One of the best parts of Nolen's plan and what sets it apart from many southwest florida cities, is that Venice has an actual downtown.  A sea of shops and resturaunts, apartments available for rent above these shops and best of all you will never walk too far from home without stumbling upon a public park.  The close proximity of virtually everything you could need or want makes it the perfect biking city and it's all designed in a way that you barely notice just how cenvenient it actually is. Nolen has continued to receive praise from modern developers and planners who used his ideas to rejuvinate many tired cities around the country, calling it "New Urbanism", though as we know in Venice, it's not new at all, its Nolen.  However, Nolen is now in the middle of a big debate amongst city planners as they determine the future of Venice and the surrounding area.  

Nearly a decade ago, Planners and Developers in Venice wanted to do to their city what others were doing to theirs; rejuvinate and expand, while staying true to it's original walkable charm and plans were put in motion...then the recession hit.  So now, 8 years later, The conversation has started again, though this time with a new contender, Suburbia.   Planners and developers are favoring a more suburban, mixed use model of the city.  Apparently, in order to please their target demographic, Active Adults, the Boomers and Retirees.  Cars have simply made it easier to get around and people don't necessarily need or want to walk everywhere. Passions run high on both sides, but this isn't good or bad news, it is simply news, and actually might benefit all involved.  As the retirees are moving out of the city, favoring a more surburban lifestyle, they are opening up alot of space for a new generation of buyers to move into.  Many young people are flocking to the Urban areas, enjoying the same ammenities and excitement the Boomers once did and as new devlopments spring up, as they are, newcomers can snag up a home in whichever lifestyle they choose.  There are now options in Venice and I'm sure John Nolen would approve, afterall he was always a man for the people, and if the people want options...give them options. This is simply, the new life cycle of Venice.  Either way, the market is hot; people are selling, people are buying and the world spins madly on.  

Check out the video below for brilliant historical information of Venice and the surrounding area.  

 

The Venice Museum and Archives will have a special Nolen Exhibit this fall which will be nothing short of amazing.  It will include walking tours and lectures and will continue to draw tourism to our wonderfully evolving city.  So, stay tuned for more information.  

*PHOTOS BY EVERETT DENNISON

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915 INLET CIRCLE VENICE, FLORIDA 

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Rare Opportunity to Own WATERFRONT Property on the ISLAND OF VENICE. Magnificent Views of Roberts Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway(ICW). Home Features DOCK with Davits at Your Back Door with NO Bridges to the Pristine Waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Additional Home Features Include: Brick FIREPLACE in Living Room, Breakfast Bar, Covered Lanai with BAY VIEWS, Circular Driveway, and Much More! Convenient location only short walk to the Beach, South Jetty, & Yacht Club. Home is also Conveniently located within Approximately 1/2 mile of Historic Downtown Venice with It's Many Shops and Restaurants. The Island of Venice has Much to Offer including: Magnificent Beaches(Venice Beach, Service Club Beach, Casparsan Beach, Paw Park/Dog Beach), Public Parks, Venice Theatre, Venice Library, Venice Community Center, and many Fine Restaurants Such as SHARKY'S.

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