2003: Vince Graham

Urban Politics & Policy Series

Vince Graham
Developer of Newpoint, Broad Street, and I’On

In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns — dominated by what some call “sprawl” — are no longer in the long term interest of our cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out.

Vince Graham, developer of Newpoint, Broad Street, and I’On has more awards for ecologically sound, “smart growth” development than anyone in the country. In explosive growth areas of the new south, where the political arenas are highly charged and financial stakes are high, achieving “smart growth” takes place in a “politicized” environment.

At 7:30 PM, Monday, October 20, 2003 in the Watkins Room, Vince spoke about “Smart Growth and the Politics of Smart Growth in South Carolina.” His visual and oral presentation was both significant and interesting and an important one for anyone interested in the dynamics of rapid growth and the conflicts that result.

Vince Graham utilizes his understanding of the relationship between the public and private realms to create places with social and economic value.

About Vince Graham

After graduating in 1986 with a degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, Vince returned to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to work in the real estate finance and brokerage fields. He served as Project Coordinator during the start up phases of Spring Island, an environmentally sensitive 3000-acre project between Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. He has participated in renovation and in-fill projects in the historic districts of Beaufort and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. In 1992 he founded Newpoint, and since that time has lead the development of three other traditional neighborhoods: The Village at Port Royal, Broad Street, and I’On.

His neighborhoods have received critical acclaim in The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, Architecture, and Builder magazines, on CNN and the BBC. Additionally, these neighborhoods have been the recipient of numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Vince is on the Board of Advisors for the Preservation Institute of Nantucket and Upstate Forever, a conservation organization based in Greenville, SC. He also serves on the faculty of the South Carolina Mayors Design Institute. He is frequently asked to speak at Smart Growth and Architecture symposiums around the United States and in Europe.