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While the bulk of Paradise would remain as it was – a single-family community nestled in the pine forest – the students wanted to counter the lack of a sense of place in Paradise. To that end, they proposed creating several areas throughout the town that would have a more village-like or Main Street atmosphere.

The largest of these would be two pedestrian-oriented districts at either end of the main part of Pearson Road, connected by an expanded Paradise Community Park. In these new districts, named East Village and West Village, many of the town’s principal civic, cultural, and commercial uses, including new multi-family housing, would together create an active “Heart of the Town,” where townspeople could meet many of their daily needs and where the town’s many cultural events – Gold Nugget Days and Johnny Appleseed Days – could take place.

The other areas would be dispersed throughout the town, located a half-mile or mile apart, clustered around churches, schools, and other private institutions. These “Neighborhood Centers” would be miniature versions of the main one, but likewise places where townspeople could come together to socialize, shop, worship, and learn.



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