Video perspective: Emily Talen on affordability
Arizona State University professor Emily Talen, who heads CNU's affordability initiative, talks about the challenges of creating quality housing, neighborhoods, and communities that are also affordable for a wide range of incomes:
Affordable housing in New Urbanism is seen within the context of neighborhood design, where pedestrian quality, the provision of public space, and walkable access to services become an essential part of the affordability equation. HOPE VI has amply demonstrated the potential of New Urbanism to foster livable, mixed-income neighborhoods. There, as in most new urbanist projects, the emphasis is on mix rather than any one form of housing by itself. New Urbanism elevates the principle of urbanism, within which the quality of diversity is seen as essential.
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