Archive for New Urbanism – Page 2

Even on Vacation Communities Make the Difference

I love vacations. Our family, like so many others, has many funny, wonderful memories of vacations that begin with checking into the hotel in a new city or country and end with checking out of the hotel, carrying a suitcase full of souvenirs and dirty laundry!  Our recent vacation was a little different. We landed

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3-Minute Video about New Urbanism

New urbanism is one of those concepts that can be difficult to grasp. It’s a term that’s not part of our daily conversation, yet its meaning is very much a part of what most people engage in every day. As someone who considers herself a black urbanist I think new urbanism is of increasing significance

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The Joys of Urban Life

There are days when I enjoy having the countryside nearby and the quietness of suburban life.  There are other days when I miss the years my husband and I lived smack dab in the center of a large urban city.  Luckily I have a foot in both worlds right now. “This city is what it

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Show 15 – The Community Builder

What qualifies a community to be on the New Urban Mom Top Ten Communities List? A commitment to building or redeveloping neighborhoods that will nurture a real sense of community. That’s not an easy concept to explain and that’s why we’re thrilled to have on this week’s show the builder responsible for the New Urban

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The Commuting Problem

The case for urban living: Even though we know that long commutes increase pollution and have a lousy impact on one’s quality of life, it is still a reality of life for millions of people who simply don’t live close to their place of employment. In my town this continues to be a challenge that

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Community Organizers Shape our World for the Better

Well we’re in the heat of a U.S. election battle and while this isn’t a political website, this is a site that champions the power of community.  So I take great exception to  slams against community organizers.  Sen. Barack Obama’s background as a “community organizer” was maligned during the Republican convention. Whether you support Sen.

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New Urbanism comes to Hollywood…Florida

The town of Hollywood, Florida is just about ready to approve the construction of an “urban village” that will cost upwards of $500 million. This ought to have some impact on efforts to curb urban sprawl by keeping/attracting residents to more urbanized areas of this region. Even though this Florida development is described as the

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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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Book Review: Leisureville

**UPDATE**: You can listen the podcast featuring the author here. There are some books, like George Orwell’s 1984, that give you a bizarre peek at an imaginary future while at the same time sending shudders down your spine as you realize that the eerie future described is actually here. Andrew Blechman’s book Leisureville is a

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New Urbanism Developments Clashing with the Real Thing?

New urbanism is a nod to the past and an acknowledgment that we love to live in neighborhoods where we can stroll to the corner store, socialize with friends and family close to home, utilize public amenities and services that help us to live in an eco-friendly ways, and work in an office down the

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