One common myth about American sprawl is that it is somehow related to Americans' support for homeownership. But in fact, Americans are more likely to rent than residents of many other countries: 33 percent of us do so, as opposed to 26 percent of EU residents, 22 percent of New Zealanders, and 30 percent of Australians and British. (Denmark's rental rate is about the same as ours).
This post is a part of CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Blog series, which features interview summaries and insights from some of the best minds at the frontline of our Highways to Boulevards Initiative.
The California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CCNU) will hold its first CCNU Community Charrette June 22 - 25 for the City of Livingston, California. As an annual, volunteer event for deserving communities, the charrette will provide CNU members an opportunity to collaborate on community plans and form-based codes for specific areas or corridors. We welcome your participation so please let us know, as soon as possible, whether you will participate on-site or remotely, and we will send a short form to complete.
Last week, I had a conversation with a faculty colleague about densification in Manhattan. He said he visited Philadelphia, and he liked Philadelphia better because it wasn't so crowded.
But I responded that Manhattan wasn't as crowded as he thought it was. To be sure, there are a few places in Manhattan (especially at certain times) that are very crowded indeed- in particular, the blocks closest to Penn Station. When I get off a train and get into the station during rush hour, I am met by the New York stereotype- a sea of people.
The term "Peak Oil" refers to a "peak" in oil production. Oil is a finite resource, meaning that there is a limited supply. The oil that is currently being drilled to and pumped out of the Earth's crust and mantle in locations all over the Earth is not going to come endlessly out of the ground continuously for ever and ever, the end. This seems to be the fairytale that most people that work in and profit from the oil industry, as well as people that use this resource, believe.
If you're one of those that is interested in the agricultural New Urbanist community concept, then you might want to check out the city of San Isidro, Costa Rica. San Isidro is a city with a population of around 35,000. It lies nestled in a valley surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains located in the Talamanca Mountain range, east of the Pacific coast of southwest Costa Rica.
Prior to and during the Industrial Revolution of the 17 and 1800s, cities in the developed world such as London and New York City had become extremely dirty and polluted places to live. With that many people packed that densely into such a small area, many serious issues arose, especially with sewage and waste disposal. Many businesses of the day such as tanneries and butchers would throw the carcasses of dead animals into the alley ways behind the businesses, while people resided in apartments above those businesses.