The results of the latest Realtors' national community preference survey are all over the place. Evidence supports the trend toward smart growth. Evidence to the contrary is plentiful, too.
A couple of recent stories on Better! Cities & Towns point to an ongoing problem: New Urbanism, smart growth, and related trends need to work on their appeal to working class and minority groups.
A huge migration, equivalent in many respects to the building of the suburbs in the latter half of the 20th Century, is underway that will transform cities and suburbs alike, Arthur C. Nelson writes.
If the poster-child city for suburban sprawl is fertile ground for mixed-use, compact development, then the trend must be strong.
Developers operating on greenfield sites, at scale, mostly build drive-only sprawl. That won't change until more suburban towns reform their planning and zoning policies.
Discussions on smart growth often start with the assumption that the only alternative to drive-only suburbs is high-rise living.
Joel Kotkin's muddle-headed theory on babies and urban living is aimed at blocking housing choice for young families.
Buying, Renting, Moving — or Just Dreaming — Find Your Perfect Match!, a book by Marianne Cusato, Workman, 2013, 372 pp., $12.95 paperback
Urbanists must adopt less bureaucratic approaches so that the next generation can build and grow the economy, Andres Duany says. Hence the proliferation of “lean” codes that emphasize only the essentials of shaping community.
In Forbes online, Joel Kotkin came out with a ringing attack on those who dare to challenge sprawl, asking "How Can We Be So Dense"? I thought this was worth responding to.
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