New Urbanism

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New Urbanism

An approach to designing cities, towns, and neighborhoods that tries to reduce traffic and eliminate sprawl. Although the term New Urbanism emerged during the late 1980s and early 1990s, its principles are much older.
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Whose history and traditions do new urbanist communities celebrate?
Many New Urbanist communities conjure images more like Disney or Las Vegas than Paris or Vienna.
New Urbanism is not expressly theological; indeed, Bess concedes that most New Urbanists are secular progressives.
322) Thus, some communities have attempted to amend zoning ordinances to reflect new urbanist principles, but this too has faced difficulties.
On the following pages, our choices for best places to live represent the progressive New Urbanist values we've mentioned, and most have already proven to be great family environments centered around good schools, well-kept parks, and lively commercial districts.
The toughest projects that New Urbanists have undertaken
In their recent book Community by Design, Hall and Porterfield (both of whom are landscape architects and members of the Congress for the New Urbanism) have succeeded in making the crisis of sprawl and the New Urbanist alternative accessible to professionals, politicians and citizens.
To date, there are four primary types of New Urbanist projects, all of which have as their goal the creation of low-rise, high density, walkable, mixed-use settlements with a legible hierarchy of squares, streets, and civic buildings.
Experiments in "congestion pricing" (charging tolls according to user demand), transit deregulation, and privatization of infrastructure--all notably missing from new urbanist prescriptions--would offer a wide variety of models for urban planners to learn from, and would relieve planners from the impossible burden of finding all the right answers for every urban condition.
They has been used in the past 20 years by new urbanist designers and planners and, when properly crafted, is an excellent process for reaching consensus in most communities.
private space: One New Urbanist concept built into SafeScape is the idea of maximizing common areas to create "a sense of community" While one of SafeScape's principles is "stewardship and ownership," the authors don't want private areas so much as they want to give people a "sense of ownership" in community property.
2) New Urbanist design principles operate on a number of scales, from buildings, lots and blocks to neighborhoods, districts and corridors, and ultimately to entire cities and regions.

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