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The New Urbanism Hope or Hype for American Communities
The New Urbanism Hope or Hype for American Communities Author:William Fulton The New Urbanism has captured the imagination of the American public like no urban planning movement in decades. Amid great fanfare, New Urbanists are seeking to redefine the nature of the American metropolis by reintroducing traditional notions of neighborhood design and fitting those ideas into a variety of urban and suburban settings. — The N... more »ew Urbanism begain as a reation to conventional suburban planning as it has been practiced in the United States since the 1940s. New Urbanists view the decentralized, auto-oriented suburbs as a recipe for disaster. They blame these suburbs for ever-increasing congestion on arterial roads, a lack of meaningful civic life, the loss of open space, limited opportunities for children and others without cars, and a genral discontent among suburbanites. In their view, older, traditional neighobrohoods, both urban and suburban, are more adaptable and permit a more satisfying life.