Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sprawlatious Recoil: New Suburbanism Emerges

Downplaying any competition with New Urbanism, a guru of emerging "New Suburbanism" speaks out in defense the potential of a green, strip-mall-less, and "heavily wired archipelago of villages." He question's New Urbanism's assumptions about the demise of auto-dependent suburbs, based on his view of migration patterns in "multi-polar cities" and his belief that the slack caused by higher gas prices can be taken up as jobs move out to the periphery. But as jobs and industry moves out to the periphery, don't suburbs in fact increase density and transform into "edge cities" in their own right? That seems more consistent with the ideas of New Urbanism.

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