New Urbanism: Is It Just A Facade?

New Urbanism is just "window dressing" writes David Knopf.
July 6, 2004, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"I’m a big fan of the New Urbanism. Who wouldn’t want to bail out on reality? Imagine brick row houses separated by alleys, children playing baseball in the park, moms pushing strollers down tree-lined streets, dad leaning over a wooden-rail fence, pruning shears in hand, visiting with a friend while cotton-ball clouds float in a blue sky.It’s such a perfect scene you can almost taste the sepia.

The New Urbanism may bring back a snapshot of that era’s ambience, but it’s merely window dressing, an empty shell of aesthetics minus the reality."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Sunday, July 4, 2004 in Des Moines Register
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