Seaside impressions

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Entering Seaside, Florida

Ruskin Street in Seaside

First impressions of the legendary Seaside: compared to Kentlands and Celebration the houses are more fanciful, with wonderful colors, more follies and, of course, their towers. The houses are more vertical and the towers punctuate the rooflines, so the street widths feel quite different. Many brick roads, fine subordinate groupings around spaces and parks, the marvelous secondary circulation of paths. Cars are less well accommodated than in later developments. The place feels light and exciting, opening and relaxing. The beach is lovely as always along the Gulf coast, but there are other developments nearby that debase the Seaside idiom.