In my last post, I was ranting about the high cost of gas. After taking a class in Urban and Regional Planning, I became familiar with the concept of New Urbanism. According to NewUrbanism.org, New Urbanism encorporates ten principles:
- Mixed Use & Diversity
- Mixed Housing
- Quality Architecture & Urban Design
- Traditional Neighborhood Structure
- Increased Density
- Smart Transportation
- Quality of Life
There's a reason "Walkability" is the first on the list. With gas prices at an all-time high, the ability to walk from home to work to the grocery store to a bar to a museum and back home prevents the need for a car. Quality housing near your place of work prevents the need for a car. This kind of new construction and development comes at a great time for our generation. As our parents continue to wait in bumper to bumper traffic while commuting to work, we will be meeting our friends for drinks and lounging in our hip lofts.
Cool is no longer reserved for New York. You can find it in every big city across the country.