A Bright Future For New Urbanism In The New New Olreans

New Urbanism guided the development of the highly successful Baton Rouge master plan for downtown, and is rapdily gaining favor in New Orleans.

"The New Urbanist philosophy of urban design guided the development of the highly successful Plan Baton Rouge master plan for downtown. It is in some respects a back-to-the-future idea: building more traditional neighborhoods and linking them with all forms of transportation to improve the quality of life.

...New Urbanism can and should be the guiding philosophy behind rebuilding New Orleans, in part because there are parts of the city that already show the benefits of more than 200 years of "new" urbanism. But it can be improved through better use of mass transit and better building materials, and through replacing public facilities -- from schools to parks to police stations -- in better locations than today."

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