Blog Category: Community
Do you know your WalkScore? WalkScore is a great tool for quantifying just how connected a place is—and how easy it is to accomplish daily tasks without driving. Our city, Fayetteville, has an overall WalkScore of 27 - Car Dependent. In contrast, ECO clocks in at 85! You can walk to the post office, numerous great restaurants, lots of workplaces, and of course, the University of Arkansas.
More and more people are realizing just how important walkability is to overall quality of life, and WalkScore is a handy way to measure walkability. What is your WalkScore?
Who better to tell the story of living at ECO than the people who live here? Kicking off our new series is Molly Meredith, who has lived here from the start. Molly is a Certified Laser Technician & Licensed Aesthetician. She lives at ECO with her canine companions, Mackenzie Jo, a short haired Chihuahua and Taber, a long haired Chihuahua.
How long have you lived here?
Two and a half years
What made you choose ECO?
It was the whole package: the LEED certification, community garden, outdoor space, salt water pool. I toured a model flat on Valentines day 2011 and fell in love- the functional design of a small space, the minimalist Scandinavian-style aesthetic.
What’s your favorite thing about living at here?
The community garden. I’m an avid cook & wannabe gardener, so it’s perfect. I utilize the garden pretty much year round. My outdoor space, especially the rooftop, is a close second.
Last month, ECO Modern Flats hosted 41 green industry professionals as part of the Blue Pathways workshop on Low Impact Design (LID) installation and maintenance. Tim Copeland, the groundskeeper at ECO, provided a tour and discussed best practices in stormwater management in use on site, including stormwater cisterns and a rain garden. The Blue Pathways program provides training to landscape architects, engineers, project managers, park planners, trail coordinators, irrigation specialists and contractors in Northwest Arkansas.
Living bigger in compact spaces is an important element of green living. Architect Chris Baribeau explains how creative use of existing space produced rooftop patios and balconies for outdoor living.
The redesign of ECO challenged designers to make the most of leftover spaces. Architect Chris Baribeau explains how an imaginative approach created a series of new gardens and outdoor gathering spaces.
Matt Mihalevich, City of Fayetteville Trails Coordinator, explains the benefits of ECO’s walkable, bike-able location and provides an overview of the destinations that can be easily reached by the Frisco and Oakridge Trails as well as the development of the Razorback Greenway, a 36-mile regional trail.