Inner-Ring Reboot

Urban Land looks at the reinvention of America's inner-ring suburbs. The authors explore the challenges of mixing uses, integrating cars and attaining authenticity as planners and developers seek the right recipe for the next big wave of development.
July 20, 2013, 7am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"As inner-ring suburbs in the United States become denser, demand for access to nearby walkable urban environments is rising," write D. Jamie RusinRyan Call and Sean Slater. "Residents are looking for shorter driving distances to commercial, cultural, leisure, and work opportunities. Municipalities are also interested in promoting compact development near transit. As a result, the next big wave of development will focus on creating nodes of mixed-use infill projects in these suburbs."

"Whereas the revitalization of the core of cities was the siren call for previous generations of urban planners, the focus now should be on redeveloping the anonymous arterial roads, dispersed uses, and strip centers that dominate so much of the American landscape. It is possible to create vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environments that take cues from cities built before the age of the automobile, while also accommodating the automobile in ways that work for the 21st century."

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Published on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Urban Land
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