Kentlands is one of the first, and probably the best known, of the archetypal towns and villages of country and city which are actually built by architects who design, not just buildings, but entire communities and the towns in which they exist. Lakelands is a similar, adjacent, community with a character of its own.


Kentlands, Lakelands, and Beyond
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     Kentlands is a community that was designed to combat the isolating elements of developments with convoluted streets that have no town center.  Kentlands is based on villages from years past with a market center, schools, parks and others green spaces and pleasant walks throughout.  Live-work units are another concept brought back in the Kentlands.  While many people still need to commute from the Kentlands, a number of residents are learning how to work from home.

     Lakelands is a community which was built next to Kentlands and is served by the same market area.  Both communities were built on property once owned by Otis Beal Kent who envisioned the type of community on the farm that he named Kentlands.

For practical reasons, developments sprung up across the United States in which "single use" communities were considered ideal.  This defeated the normal way people like to live.  For millennia humanity has gathered together in business centers with farms surrounding.

The many city states of Greece were essentially towns.  The town, or the 18th century village  has come to be recognized as the ideal way of life.  We see this in the way we idealize the towns and small cities of Europe, the New England villages with the white church spire in the center, the western towns of fiction, and so many others.  Even in large cities, such as Manhattan, residents form smaller units which become like towns in that their markets, schools, churches, and so on, are located within walking distance.

New community concepts have revived the ancient idea of the town, and New Urbanist or Neo Traditional communities are being planned and developed which bring back the life style which was developed away during most of the 20th century.

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     Kentlakes is an independent magazine for Kentlands, Lakelands, and the surrounding communities in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Issues are published on the seventh of each month with some of the articles published monthly and others quarterly.
     Kentlands is a neo-traditional, or new urbanist, community.  The community design is based on the concept that the most pleasant living environments were nineteenth century villages in which homes were grouped around a town center with shops, community buildings, and schools.  New urbanism has developed architectural communities going back to this design.
     Lakelands is a similar, and neighboring, community built on property which was also once owned by Otis Beal Kent.  Lakelands has its own distinct character.  Both communities are within walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, and shops.

     Kentlands was built on the estate of Otis Beall Kent.  His mansion is now the cultural arts center for Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The barn, which is now the Arts Barn, houses a rich center for community theater and  artists' workspace as well as offices and a pleasant shop selling the works of local artists.  The former barn loft is now a 99-seat theater for the performing arts.  Kentlands is thought to be the largest and most successful neo-traditional project in North America.

 

We have celebrated the concept of the town in paintings and books, in songs such as "My Town," in the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, T.V. shows like Northern Exposure, and now we celebrate the towne and your town here.

    Kentlands features tree-lined streets and pleasant walks such as the one pictured above.  Houses in Kentlands and Lakelands are built close together in order to promote the kind of community that existed from coast to coast in the Our Townes kind of places in 19th century America.

 

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