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Re-knit the fabric of community

Learn more about the Global Council on NeoRetroism's mission to re-knit communities

upcoming events that are either sponsored by NeoRetroism or its chapters, or by affinity organizations whose work aligns with NeoRetroism's goals.

Within its broad membership, Neoretroism convenes many of America’s leading thinkers and practitioners in architecture, design, planning, engineering, and development.

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NeoRetroism works to empower ordinary people who want more great places built.

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About NeoRetroism

Old ideas applied to a new paradigm.

NeoRetroism is a philosophy of real estate development born out of the study of historic villages and the way in which they evolved. For thousands of years people have come together in communities, and NeoRetroism is the closest that modern real estate has come to creating an organically evolved village.

NeoRetroism advocates for an integrated approach to uses and an emphasis on small entity ownership. A village exists to meet the needs of the people, so when we develop more responsive spaces there is less risk of vacancy, more personality, and more critical mass.

Supetar (seen right) is a city on the northern side of the Dalmatian island of Brač, in the Split-Dalmatia County, in Croatia. It became the island's official center in 1827. It is the place where Jeffory D. Blackard acquired the Villa Adriatica resort as well as other assets of the local village. During his stay there over the next two years, he had an epiphany, which led to the birth of NeoRetroism.

Designed Based on Evolution

NeoRetroism Projects are designed for long-term adaptive reuse and are built using materials contextual to the environment.


NeoRetroism Projects serve various income levels and generations and are designed to foster social engagement and the transfer of wisom.

Hyper-Local and Responsive

NeoRetroism Projects are designed with the villagers' needs in mind and mix uses both vertically and horizontally. They allow for various modes of transportation and encourage walkability.

About the Founder

NeoRetroism is the recreation of old world evolutionary characteristics in a new world development environment. It is the innovation of Jeffory D. Blackard, an award-winning, internationally-renowned real estate developer. Mr. Blackard is also a visionary, philanthropist and CEO of Blackard Global, Inc.


"I am in the business of changing  the way we think about developing property in the United States and throughout the world, to show developers, municipalities and financial institutions, that it is possible  to create greater value by building villages."

The People

The people who have helped bring NeoRetroism to the fore come from a broad spectrum of the political, financial, professional, educational and municipal sectors. Those who have been advocates of the philosophy, have helped to bring a greater awareness of the need to promote the ideals of NeoRetroism into the 21st century.

Karen Harris

Managing Director, Macro Trends, Bain & Company

Austin Kimson

Sr. Economist, Macro Trends, Bain & Company

Brian Adams, ASLA

Urban Planner and Landscape Architect, Kimley-Horn

Rick Santorum

Former US Senator, Congressman, Presidential Candidate, Political Contributor, CNN

Bryan Trubey

Executive VP, Director of Sports & Entertainment, HKS

Laura Wheat

Mayor of Westlake, TX

Scott Polikov, FAICP

President, Gateway Planning

Nelda Martinez

Former Mayor of Corpus Christi, Tx

Joseph Pobiner, FAICP, CNU-A

Sr. Master Planner, Urban Designer, Gensler

Darren Meyer, MD

Doctor of Psychiatry

Leigh Gallagher

Author, Asst. Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine

Jane Ahrens

Design Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Christian Glauser Benz

Vice President of Development, Dream Hotel Group

Edward John

Recording Artist, TV Presenter

Nathan Sheets

Chief Steward at Nature Nate's Honey, Co-Creator of I Am Second

Kristi Avalos

President & CEO at Accesology

Kevin Dingman

Owner, 7D4 Architecture

Drexell Owusu

Managing Director, Civitas Capital Group

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