The Case for True Urbanism

This article defines the concept of "true urbanism" and contrasts it with the idea of "new urbanism." True urban communities are defined as those that reflect diversity in ethnicity, race, culture, age groups and income levels. The neighborhoods are large and very dense. This density can help support a variety of businesses, frequent public transportation, and social support agencies that may be considered undesirable in a new urbanist neighborhood. The true urbanist neighborhood, unlike the new urbanist neighborhood, is not developed in phases, but is constantly evolving, infilling and redeveloping. These communities are rarely subject to a highly prescriptive set of design standards, and often attract residents that are extraordinarily creative. Although true urbanism can be seen primarily in near-downtown neighborhoods in West Coast cities, the concept is spreading to other cities. The public sector in several cities has been aggressive in supporting these neighborhoods.


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  • Media Type: Print
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  • Pagination: pp 24-27
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  • Accession Number: 01001527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2005 4:07PM