Suburbs are becoming more diverse and connected to meet the needs of Americans of all ages in the 21st Century.
South Miami, Florida, has completely transformed since 2000—largely following the context-sensitive transformation of its main street.
Reining in sprawl is still the most important first step in transitioning to a more benign kind of settlement, and more responsible planning. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is only one of many benefits—but it is a significant one.
Downtown Westminster, Colorado, is designed as a ‘place’ that grows organically with affordable housing included.
Elkhart, Indiana, is implementing plans to attract young, talented, workers to start businesses and boost the economy.
The city of Oak Park has the density—it needs placemaking, and that is why an automobile-oriented corridor is being transformed with a linear greenway and complete street.
While hundreds of malls are declining, they are also being reused for all kinds of purposes—including walkable urban places in communities lacking in this kind of environment.