What is "New Urbanism"?

New urbanism, or sometimes referred to as "Traditional Neighborhood Design," involves planning, building, and/or rebuilding neighborhoods and communities conducive to its inhabitants, economic development, and sustainable city structures.


Aspects of "New Urbanism":

  • walkable neighborhoods
  • a range of housing styles within the same communities
  • accessible public center
  • neighborhoods and communities conducive to pedestrian use
  • close proximity of housing, commerce, workplaces, shops, and businesses



    States with New Urbanist Policies/Projects










    PRESENTATION OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS* (*Go to "Explore a "New Urbanist" Neighborhood)


    New Urban Issues Updates

  • The thirteen points of traditional neighborhood development

  • Updated New Urbanist events around the U.S.

  • The New Urbanism: an alternative to modern, automobile-oriented planning and development


    Links to New Urbanism:

  • New Urbanism- This site contains information, current events, links, news, and literature about new urbanist issues.

  • The Congress for New Urbanism is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco dedicated to the education of new urbanism concepts and ideas. This site contains information and history about movement toward new urbanism city planning in the US.

  • Links to New Urbanist Resources -- This site has links, sites, and information about New Urbanism, extensive information about suburban sprawl, and other useful links.

  • New Urbanism -- containing articles written by affliates of Conscious Choice, the ecology magazine.

  • Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

  • New Urbanism on the Web-- This project focuses on collecting resources and a comprehensive bibliography.

  • A New Urbanism Conversation-- Ray Suarez interviews Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk about new urbanist policy and theory.

  • The Town Paper: Welcome to the New Urbanism-- This article offers a brief explanation and link to a writeup about Traditional Neighborhood Design.

  • Social Equality, Gentrification, and New Urbanism-- This article addresses the possible downfalls of new urbanism and preventable measures.


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