Free New Urbanism 'Pattern Book' For Gulf Coast Redevelopment

Mississippi governor urges rebuilding in hurricane-hit areas to adopt traditional features. Opponents criticize "dominance of New Urbanism" and focus on "historicist designs" in official efforts.

"...the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal...will begin giving away free copies of 'A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast Neighborhoods.'

The 72-page pattern book details the basic features of traditional houses and, starting with a letter from Governor Barbour himself, strongly urges people to replicate them as closely as possible as they rebuild.

The book is a result of planning efforts in the region by a politically well-connected group of designers known as the Congress for New Urbanism, which advocates old-fashioned ways of building houses, neighborhoods and towns."

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