Welcome to my blog - the place where I express my thoughts and views on urbanism and the built environment. I am a "traditional urbanist" - I
fight for the traditional city style - walkable, compact, mixed-use, with narrow streets.
I would like to thank all of my readers for the outstanding response. I have had requests to turn my blog into a book or to go into paid consulting,
neither of which I am interested in. While I may be interested in refining my blog into a book on traditional urbanism, I prefer my work to be
free to reach the largest audience possible. I will consult for free
because I am
passionate about creating a great place to live, not because I want to make money.
I have also had people tell me to found my own town based on traditional city principles. If you are willing to donate an unincorporated tract
or have access to a large amount of capital - we'll talk.
- April 22, 2014 - Narrow Streets
- April 16, 2014 - The Problem with Sales Tax
- April 10, 2014 - Eco-llusion
- March 19, 2014 - Mallville
- March 12, 2014 - Pig Buildings
- February 14, 2014 - Laneways
- January 15, 2014 - The Case for Investing Downtown
- January 10, 2014 - Thoughts for 2014
- December 19, 2013 - Thoughts of a Pedestrian
- December 4, 2013 - A Traditional City Primer
- November 28, 2013 - Optimizing the Street Grid
- November 11, 2013 - Paving Our Streets
- October 18, 2013 - What About The Elderly?
- September 9, 2013 - Sandbox Urbanism
- August 20, 2013 - Public Markets
- July 15, 2013 - Copy-and-Paste Towns
- June 13, 2013 - Anchors in Urban Environments
- May 19, 2013 - Explain Your Vision
- May 3, 2013 - This or That?
- April 30, 2013 - Why I Use So Many Pictures
- March 30, 2013 - Let's Build A Traditional City (And Make A Profit)
- January 31, 2013 - Human-Scale Streets
- January 10, 2013 - Small-Town Exceptionalism
- November 2, 2012 - Fortifying Yourself in the Suburban Warzone
- October 20, 2012 - My Personal Experience with Culture Shock and Isolation
- October 17, 2012 - Complete Streets
- October 15, 2012 - Places and Non-Places in Cities
- October 1, 2012 - The Future of The Automobile
- September 25, 2012 - The Political Machine
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- Edward Erfurt - 2013-04-24 04:49:41
I am challenged by your characterization of New Urbanism. Bad urbanism is bad urbanism, whether it is sprawl or a charactacture of something great.
I ecourage you to continue to hold the New Urbanists to a higher standard. We need people to look past the simple successes, and point out where they have lost the tradition.
Secondly, I challenge you to read the Charter of the New Urbanism. I think you will see that many practicing urbanists and developers working under the flag of New Urbanism, are not following the Charter.
Urbanism is rich, and people want to thrive in human scale environments. As you point out, we use a one size fits approach in placemaking. We also think that the car is a required component in new development. Continue to highlight the mistakes and false assumptions.
There are great projects like www.mixson.com that begin to remove the car from the equation of placemaking.