Susan A. Manchester, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green Manchester

Specializing in Real Estate Law

We’ve selected six Lawyers of the Year for portraits and to share trends in their legal specialties and a quotation that has inspired them in their work.

Notable trend: The popularity of so-called “walkable communities” in suburbs, where residents can walk from their homes to the supermarket, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, hospitals, etc., is growing. The challenge is that our zoning laws are based on a 1950s theory of “community,” which is that different uses should be separated, so that, e.g., the noise of a late night restaurant does not disturb the sleep of a person going to work at 6 a.m., or that the constant coming and going of cars and trucks do not hit children chasing balls into the street. Hopefully, recognizing that walkable communities are a square peg in the round hole of Euclidean zoning will lessen the finger-pointing between developers and municipal planners. For walkable communities to work, the citizens of each town must agree to revise their zoning ordinances.

“If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.”
— Chinese proverb

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green's New Hampshire offices:

Manchester
1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 668-0300
Fax: (603) 627-8121

Hanover
17 1/2 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 643-9070
Fax: (603) 643-3679

Concord
Two Eagle Square, Third Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 223-2020
Fax: (603) 224-8899

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