Archive for August 2008

The Great Downtown Migration is Happening

I just read an article that hit on so many real-life issues affecting so many of us, that I had to put up a blog post about it. Journalist and new urbanist, Alan Ehrenhalt published an article that every rural resident, suburban and city dweller should read. The rising cost of fuel, changing demographics, our

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Demand for Gas At a Five Year Low in the U.S.

It has finally happened.  The high cost of fuel and a tanking economy has caused Americans to make significant changes in how we regard and use fuel. Ron Planting an analyst with Washington-based American Petroleum Institute told Bloomberg.com that “We’re driving less, using more public transportation and buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.” He adds: “There are

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Model City for Healthy Living – Manhattan

On August 9 the big apple took on some responsibility for pushing the green agenda and new urbanism by banning cars along seven miles of streets through the heart of the city. This is part of the city’s Summer Streets program.  Feedback from pedestrians (including a video) was provided on the Cool Town Studios website

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New Urbanism and Web 2.0

It occurred to me today that the reasons why more and more people are choosing new urbanism as the kind of community they want to live in is for much the same reasons why so many people are attracted to social media and web 2.0 technology. We are social beings. We try our best to

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August Contest – Mom Works Inc.

**UPDATE** – We have a winner!  The winner was selected using the services of Random.org…congratulations to Katja Presnal.  If you didn’t win this time, try again there is another contest for September 🙂 At New Urban Mom we’re all about building strong communities and that’s why I’m thrilled about the sponsor for our August contest!

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The Leisureville Alarm – Meet the Author

Last week I reviewed nationally acclaimed and New York Times reviewed book, Leisureville. In today’s podcast I have an interview with the book’s author Andrew Blechman. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, Andrew Blechman conducted the most in-depth research into the retirement community boom in America. These aren’t just small, benign communities dotting the landscape

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