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New Urbanism combines traditional planning and modern technology to create places that break the conventional suburban mold to strive for environmental balance, social integration and a sense of community amongst a mixture of ethnic groups. Find out if this process of reintegrating the components of modern life is popular with homebuyers, planners, government officials, architects, developers, builders and the real estate community. (D. Winchester, Information Specialist)

Selected Features of New Urbanism

  • Pedestrian-oriented
  • Climate-sensitive development
  • Narrow streets
  • Use of porches & alleys
  • De-emphasis on garages

Source: New Urbanism is Blooming, (On Common Ground, Summer 2006).

Selling New Urbanism

Porches Reclaim Their Place, (New York Times, July 14, 2011).

Knocked on our heels, it's time to broaden the urbanist tent, (Greater Greater Washington, July 13, 2011).

Criticisms of new urbanism don't stand up, (The Cap Times, June 19, 2011).

New opportunities for new urbanism?, (The Cap Times, June 1, 2011).

New opportunities for New Urbanism?, (The Capital Times, 2011).

All aboard, (Chain Store Age, Dec. 31, 2008).

The street as living room, (Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 20, 2008).

Revitalizing cities with senior-oriented communities, (Long Term Living, May 2008).

Can new urbanism encourage physical activity?, (American Planning Association, Winter 2006). Q

New Urbanism revitalizes an old precedent, (Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2006). Q

'New urbanism' embraces Latinos, (USA Today, Feb. 16, 2005).

TND vs. Cul-de-Sac, (Professional Builder, Apr. 2004).

Business-oriented neighborhoods: Their time has come, (Planning, Jan. 2004). Q

Testing the claims of New Urbanism, (American Planning Association, Autumn 2003). Q

What's New Urbanism worth?, (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 24, 2003).

New Urbanism Communities

New Urbanism: Old-fashion Designed in for long run, (Chicago Tribune, Mar. 30, 2012).

New Old Story: Boomers in the City, (citiwire.net, July 16, 2011).

RidgeGate focus on diverse, urban look, (ourLoneTreenews, July 2011).

A tale of three cities, (Chain Store Age, Nov. 2008). Q

Tempe's core may serve as new model, (azcentral.com, Oct. 13, 2008).

Mississippi spurning, (Slate Magazine, Jan. 11, 2006).

New urbanism's new attitude slated for 'Upper Rock', (Washington Business Journal, May 28, 2004).

San Diego reinvents itself--and gentrifies, (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 26, 2004).

A tale of three cities, (Pacific Northwest Magazine, Feb. 2003).

South Florida discovers the New Urbanism, (National Real Estate Investor, Sept. 2002).

New Urbanism Organizations and Communities

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)—Promotes the principles and practices of New Urbanism. Includes searchable directory of New Urbanist communities throughout the U.S.

Civano, Arizona

Habersham, South Carolina

Kentlands, Maryland

Prospect New Town, Colorado

Seaside, Florida

Southern Village, North Carolina

Vermillion, North Carolina

Village Tannin, Alabama

eBooks & Other Resources


The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Community By Design: New Urbanism for Suburbs and Small Communities (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit Oriented Development, (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2004). HE 4451 N47

Great Planned Communities, (Chicago, IL: Urban Land Institute, 2002). NAC 1800 Ur1g

New Urbanism: Comprehensive Report and Best Practices Guide, (Ithaca, NY: New Urban Publications, 2001). NAC 250 N42

Community by Design, (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001). NAC 1800 H12

Valuing the New Urbanism, (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2000). NAC 250 UR1v

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