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Demand for Sprawl is dying – Demand for Walkable Urbanism is growing: Part-2 Discoveringnewurbanism.wordpress.com

U.S. Population declining in far Suburbs – growing in Urban Areas

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Discovering Canada's Most Charming and Distinguished Neighbourhoods

ClassicNeighbourhoods.com presents a visual showcase of many of the country's most desireable places to live

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The city of Windsor, Ontario, which sits directly across the Detroit River from Motown, recently announced that it’s signed a letter of intent with China-based electric vehicle manufacturer BYD to supply the city with an electric bus fleet. In a recent press release, the city says the agreement will make Windsor the first city in North America to launch long-range, all-electric bus fleet.

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Man, those Torontonians! They continue to impress us with their aggressive green infrastructure policies. Back in January of 2010, Toronto became the first North American city to make installing green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments compulsory – now that requirements will apply to industrial developments as well.


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Become familiar with the main concepts behind New Urbanism:
Creating Enduring Neighborhoods

New Urbanism recognizes walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods as the building blocks of sustainable communities and regions. The Charter of the New Urbanism articulates the movement’s principles and defines the essential qualities of urban places from the scale of the region to the individual building.

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In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named “the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years” by the European Architecture Foundation.  A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital.  Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.

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In my previous post I talked about how in the future we will be needing to retrofit our malls and redevelop our suburbs into mixed use communities that are human scale rather than reliant on the car. One great example of this is the redevelopment of the Cottonwood Mall in Utah. This mall is known for being the first mall in Utah and now is being known as the first mall to be turned into a neighborhood.

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