Via Verde, as described on the project's website, represents a new model for affordable, green and healthy urban living.
Via Verde won a competition over 4 years ago sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation. The project is an impressive public-private partnership, comprising 71 cooperative homes targeting middle-income households and 151 rental apartments targeting low-income households.
The four players began the right way, by asking people in the neighborhood what kind of building they wanted. The future inhabitants replied that they wanted a healthy place to live.