How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

We're now getting much of what we wanted, and I think it's time to evaluate whether there are some lessons we should be learning from our success. Twenty years have gone by with this movement, and it's time for a new generation of aspirations for cities and suburbs. To make places more welcome, more lovable and embraceable - to make places that we can not just accept but also be proud of - we could do a lot worse than to look back at those historic neighborhoods that have in fact been loved and that have endured over time, and to emulate what has made them so special. (Some newer, in-town smart growth projects do exactly that - Atlanta's Glenwood Park comes immediately to mind - but many do not.) I'm not saying we necessarily must emulate them in architectural style, by the way; more that we should pay attention to things such as their scale, building diversity, and use of...

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