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URBAN. Relating to a city; but in a more general sense it signifies relating to houses.
     2. It is used in this latter sense in the civil code of Louisiana, articles 706 and 707. All servitudes are established either for the use of houses or for the use of lands. Those of the first kind are called urban servitudes, whether the buildings to which they are due be situated in the city or in the country. Those of the second kind are called rural servitudes.
     3. The principal kinds of urban servitudes are the following: the right of support; that of drip; that of drain, or of preventing the drain, that of view or of lights, or of preventing the view or lights from being obstructed: that of raising buildings or walls, or of preventing them from being raised that of passage and that of drawing water. Vide 3 Toull. p. 441; Poth. Introd. au tit. 13 de la Coutume d'Orleans, n. 2; Introd. Id. n. 2.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Many New Urbanist communities conjure images more like Disney or Las Vegas than Paris or Vienna.
This whirlwind tour makes it evident that claiming the built environment can improve civic life is hardly original with the New Urbanists. Nevertheless, some New Urbanist ideas seem especially promising today.
A major claim of the New Urbanists is that their proposals will lead to major changes in travel behavior: reduced automobile dependence, more transit use, increased bicycling, and a pedestrian-friendly development.
"Indeed, it's eminently bashable." Examples: a generally upper-crust market (true wherever developers create quality), and lack of retail centers in New Urbanist towns (very tough to sustain economically).
Although the willingness to organize and fight for an ideal downtown is the strong suit of the new urbanists, opponents suggest that this is too idealistic to serve any real purpose.
Peter Calthorpe, a New Urbanist candid about the choices involved, has said the minimum density needed to make mass transit work is a gross density of to units per acre, with selective density even higher.
Examples from the practice of the New Urbanists include suburban or edge city places like Seaside, FL, Kentlands, MD, Brentwood, CA, as well as some urban places like Downtown Providence, RI, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, and Manhattan's Clinton neighborhood in New York City, NY.
It's not simply a New Urbanist fashion, but a way forward for retrofitting our communities as resilient places that will not squander past investment, and continue to make the same mistakes.
The Urbanists' new board of directors comprises James Brown as its new managing director and directors Michelle Tuck and Mark Farrar, Mr Brown said: "We are extremely confident that the future of The Urbanists remains in the hands of the people who understand it best and who will strive to continue to deliver the very highest standards of service for our clients.
Along the way, urbanists have contributed to the story of our cities in the form of grid streets from Greece and Rome, mercantile practices of the Renaissance, styles of grandeur and greenery of the British and Americans, the advent of the automobile, until our present innovations that look into sky gardens, controlled climates, and global cities.