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New urbanism: Old-fashioned design in for long run

New urbanism: Old-fashioned design in for long run | green streets | Scoop.it
Peter Calthorpe, another pioneer of new urbanism, believes the movement will continue to be a strong force. Housing developments that reduce the dependence on the automobile are gaining in acceptance, said Calthorpe, principal of Calthorpe Associates in Berkeley, Calif.

"The nation can't afford sprawl," said Calthorpe, adding that sprawl was curbed by the housing meltdown. He is a strong advocate of transit-oriented development. One of the main components of new urbanism, transit-oriented development calls for neighborhoods with a mix of moderate- to high-density housing within walking or biking distance of mass transit...

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New Urbanism Feature: Narrower Roads

New Urbanism Feature: Narrower Roads | green streets | Scoop.it

Walkability is one of the main features of new urbanism, and narrower streets are a part of this. (This article talks about how narrower roads often work better than wide ones.) For one, narrower roads force cars to drive slower, which makes walking safer. Other things that contribute to a community’s walkability are having buildings close to the street, having tree-lined streets, on-street parking, hidden parking lots, and rear lane garages.

By promoting walkability and building narrower streets, among other things, we build communities that are family-friendly and that encourage families to stroll through their community without worry or to let their kids go biking unsupervised. Just one of the ways we strive to make your life better and greener!

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New Urbanism Now

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In terms of ecological and cultural sustainability, only a rarified echelon matches the spectrum of excellence in a recent mixed-use redevelopment project in downtown Berkeley, California.

The project replaced a surface parking lot in a core urban area with two buildings: a 97-unit affordable-apartment building and a LEED Platinum office facility for environmental and social-justice organizations, with retail shops at street level and parking underground — sited together across the street from the University of California, Berkeley campus and within walking distance of numerous transit connections...

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