Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 5, 2005):
This community embodies the internationally acclaimed model of community design known as the "Radburn Idea." It was designed in 1928-29 by the planner-architects Clarence S. Stein and Henry Wright. Known as "The Town for the Motor Age," Radburn's design principles have influenced generations of community planning, including the three Greenbelt towns of the New Deal, many Federal Housing Administration-insured large-scale rental communities of the 1930s to 1950s, and new towns of the 1960s. Radburn was the product of the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA) with the goal to promote social reform and improvement in the housing of moderate income Americans based on the principles of English Garden City planning.