The idea to develop Creekside Cottages came from Dee and Masami Fiser's passion for true neighborhood living - a place where neighbors know each other and the front porch is an open invitation to share a glass of tea and conversation. In their research they came across an architect, Ross Chapin, who was doing just that with a new design concept called pocket neighborhoods. What is a pocket neighborhood? According to Chapin, he defines it as "a cohesive cluster of homes gathered around some kind of common ground within a larger surrounding neighborhood." The statement "creating small-scale community in a large-scale world" has become their purpose which has led the Fisers to implement a pocket neighborhood in Arkansas.
In the foreword of Chapin's book Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World, Sarah Susanka emphasizes several key elements that make this type of community successful. "With a centrally located green space or commons, in lieu of a street down the middle, and with a clearly and elegantly demarcated entrance into the neighborhood, a collective identity is created. It is the opportunities for informal interactions that allow people to get to know their neighbors, and it is these interactions that provide the roots for true community to flourish." Creekside Cottages embodies the key elements that are essential to an authentic neighborhood yet balances it with a sufficient degree of privacy for homeowners. For another example of a pocket neighborhood in Arkansas, check out Black Apple Community in Bentonville.