“New Urbanism” is not where it’s at

Update February 2020. This article didn’t age well. Walkable communities are hugely-sought after by buyers.
“Although new urban communities are relatively hot sellers in some areas, new urbanism in its purest form remains essentiallyan idealistic model that does not appeal to the vast majority of buyers.”New Urbanism has been the “feel good” term that many smart-growth advocates have been spewing for years in articles such as this one.

The New York Times  has this article. New Urbanism has been the “feel-good” term that many

smart-growth advocates have been spewing for years in articles such as this one. While these may be great ideas in

theory, they simply do not work in practice.

“”We want to spread out and do our thing,” he said. “We want a big backyard and a swimming pool.” New urbanism’s sales pitch that residents can walk to the market or doctor’s office isn’t for him. “Walk everywhere with five kids? I don’t think so,” he added.

Although new urban communities are relatively hot sellers in some areas, new urbanism in its purest form remains essentially an idealistic model that does not appeal to the vast majority of buyers.

Building industry estimates put the share of such homes at up to 10 percent of all new homes sold annually, depending on how these communities are defined. (Some planned communities contain new urban sections interspersed with standard suburban tracts.)”

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