Village of Mariemont – A National Exemplar of Urban Planning
The Village of Mariemont is a suburb of Cincinnati developed in the early 1920’s by Mary Emery as a gift to the people of Cincinnati. Designed by John Nolen, the father or innovator of modern urban planning, it is considered a National Exemplar of good urban design and planning principles. It was designed to be a mass-transited oriented suburb since the streetcar to downtown Cincinnati ran only two short blocks from the original town center. For the same reason, Mariemont was designed to encourage walking. This is in contrast with more modern suburbs which have become dominated by the automobile. Ironically, the urban planning and design principles of John Nolen are only now being re-discovered and again implemented in new suburban developments referred to as “new urbanism” or “smart growth” projects.