Seven Myths About New Urbanism by @thisbigcity

Referencing a study by the National Association of Realtors, Kotkin asserts that “roughly 80%” of the general public wants to live in a single family home (his link is broken, though the page he probably intended to link to can be found here – citing a study from three years ago!). While this is technically correct, it is a highly misleading interpretation of the study. Kotkin doesn’t mention that of that 80%, a great deal want to live in a single family home in a middle density neighborhood with apartments and with easy access to markets and public spaces. Many critics of new urbanism present a false dichotomy between sprawling low density suburbs and Manhattan-esque mega density. In reality, many new urbanist activists recognize and stress the importance of middle density neighborhoods in building more sustainable and equitable cities and urban areas.

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/557021

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