The Smart Growth Catalysts

Appleyard, Bruce
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p36
Trade Publication
The article discusses the smart growth catalyst which offers a better model for communities because it mixes land uses and designs the transportation systems to emphasize transit, walking and bicycling. Smart growth could change the current development trends which lead to more land loss and a degraded environment. The results of smart growth may include shorter and fewer automobile trips, better use of land and other natural resources, improved air and water quality and enriching public spaces that can be reached by foot. Sources of the smart growth movement include the Garden City ideas of the early 20th century, Jane Jacob's "Death and Life of Great American Cities", Allan Jacob's and Donald Appleyard's "Toward a New Urban Design Manifest" and local, state and federal policies such as the growth management plan in Boulder, Colorado and Oregon's landmark growth management law. INSETS: Getting to Smart;Key communication skills;A Smart Growth Reseach Primer.


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