The New Urbanists
have managed to capture the hearts and minds of the average citizen, with a dewy-eyed idealisation of old-fashioned neighbourhood models.
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.
' 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.
homes...." (24) New Urbanists
' proposed pattern of development