The Hidden Costs of Highways: How the Investment of Vehicle Orientate Infrastructure is Affecting our HealthSubmitted by globalsiteplans on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:26pm
The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid
Will Any New Urbanist Development Occur Since The US Federal Reserve Transferred $15 Trillion USD To Private Banks In London?Submitted by Dylan on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:42am
At this point, most US citizens have figured out that there is serious issues and flaws occurring with financial institutions and markets in the United States and around the world. The fact is that we now know that most of these issues in financial institutions are being intentionally manufactured by a group of extremely wealthy elitists from around the world, but primarily residing in the UK and US.
I recently read a blog post explaining that smart growth and urban infill are not so smart because it forces poor people into suburbia. The logic behind this claim is, as far as I can tell, as follows: 1) infill means rising real estate values in cities, (2) rising real estate values means people can't afford to live there, and (3) therefore smart growth shunts the poor into suburbs.
This post is part of a new series on the CNU Salons, CITY SPOTLIGHT. City Spotlight shines a light on the latest news, developments and initiatives occurring in cities and towns where CNU members live and work.
In new urbanist circles, "cheap" is often a dirty word; for example, I recently noticed a reference to "cheap" suburbs in a blog. I find this objectionable for two reasons. First, in a nation where many regions suffer from insanely expensive housing projects, we should be striving for cheaper housing. To be fair, sometimes planners and architects use "cheap" as a synonym for "badly designed"- but this is imprecise. If we want to say something is badly designed, we should say exactly that.