Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Urban growth, from smart to dumb

URBAN PLANNING. In their new book “The Smart Growth Manual” city planners and new urbanists Andres Duany, Jeff Speck and Mike Lydon suggest a clear prioritization when cities plan for urban growth.
The alternatives are listed from “smartest” to “dumbest”, as follows:
1. Urban revitalization
2. Urban infill
3. Urban extension
4. Suburban retrofit
5. Suburban extension
6. New neighbourhoods on existing infrastructure
7. New neighbourhoods requiring new infrastructure
8. New neighbourhoods in environmentally sensitive areas
The book is a handy guide to the complex issues of urban growth, for the expert as well as the layman.

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