Smart Growth Suburbia?

The Lighthouse at Long Island is a proposed 5.5 million sq. ft. of mixed-use development covering 150 acres of Nassau County. The developers see it as a new form of smart growth suburbia.

"Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, who touts the Lighthouse as the centerpiece of his vision of a smart-growth, new suburbia, always begins his sales pitch for the project and the idea behind it by saying it's not a threat to the Long Island of myth and fable.

Ninety percent of the county will stay the same! We love our single-family homes, beaches and waterfronts! It's not about becoming the sixth borough!

'We don't want to be postsuburban,' he says. 'We don't want to be a new urbanism. We want to be a new suburbia. We want to keep the good stuff about suburbia and get rid of the bad stuff about suburbia. But the old model of suburbia began 60 years ago with Levittown. It's no longer sustainable.'"

Thanks to Rob Begoff

Full Story: In Suburbia, a Megaproject Offers Hope


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."