Advice from a pioneering source, in print again
Toward Sustainable Communities calls for ecological advances and permanently affordable housing in new urbanist developments.
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One of the venerable titles of the environmental movement, Toward Sustainable Communities, first published in 1992, has been republished in an updated fourth edition. The 384-page paperback, with a new subtitle, Solutions for Citizens and their Governments, was assembled by Mark Roseland, director of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University in the Vancouver area and has a strongly Canadian flavor.
For example, a section examining whether residents of new urbanist communities use their cars less, walk and bike more, interact more with neighbors, and have a greater sense of neighborhood attachment focuses on the experiences of four Canadian developments: McKenzie Towne and Garrison Woods, both in Calgary, Alberta; Cornell in Markham, Ontario; and Bois-Franc in Montreal.
The study, by Ray Tomalty and Murtaza Haider of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, concludes: ”New Urbanist neighborhoods are more socially connected, walkable and less car dependent than their conventional counterparts. These findings are consistent with those from US studies and suggest that building more neighborhoods with these design characteristics will move our communities toward sustainability.”
In a chapter on land use, urban form, and community design, Roseland says:
In the 30 years since its emergence, New Urbanism has learned important