In many ways, SouthField is a unique community. It exists as a thoughtful master-planned mix of uses, but is part of the larger South Weymouth community, and in the bigger picture, part of the South Shore. If we were to define SouthField in terms of its place in the region, it could almost be described as a collection of pocket neighborhoods.
According to an article in The Boston Globe in 2005, the pocket neighborhood is designed to “beautify and define the area”, while Wikipedia defines it as “a grouping of smaller residences designed to promote a close knit sense of community and neighborliness with an increased level of contact.”
The theory can certainly be applied to SouthField, where each part of the community has a unique identity and a range of options for interaction, from parks to pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and trails. SouthField Highlands, the first neighborhood, already has its own particular vibe and its residents are very happily living in a neighbor-friendly environment, whether they’ve chosen to live in single-family homes, townhomes, or apartments. The beautifully-landscaped SouthField Highlands Park runs nearly the length of the clustered neighborhood, and provides a green focal community point for all.
Ultimately, smaller-scale pocket neighborhoods are sustainable developments, where there is a chance for residents to co-exist in a natural space as an alternative to the fast pace of city living. John Dernback, author of An Agenda for a Sustainable America, said, “Sustainable development is among the most important ideas to come out of the 20th century – and it may be in the long run the most important. It deserves that label because it provides a framework for humans to live and prosper in harmony with nature rather than as we have for centuries at natures expense.”
At SouthField, we believe in sustainability and are passionate about community. We are more than just one pocket neighborhood, we are several that fit seamlessly into a thoughtful Master Plan. Each one of those will be able to provide the networks of social and personal support that people need on a daily basis.
After all, isn’t that what neighbors are for?