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Reinventing Suburbia: Best Practices in New Urbanism

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Reinventing Suburbia: Best Practices in New Urbanism

  1. 1. Best Practices In Suburbia
  2. 2. America’s First Development Beacon Hill, Boston <ul><li>1550 feet from: </li></ul><ul><li>THE CHEERS BAR </li></ul><ul><li>18 Restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>8 Delis </li></ul><ul><li>6 Other Bars </li></ul><ul><li>5 Churches </li></ul><ul><li>4 Banks </li></ul><ul><li>2 Florists </li></ul><ul><li>Grocery, Pharmacist, Hospital, & dozens more. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Growth Clusters
  4. 4. Lifting the role of people in design and development to serve the needs of the people – the ultimate judge of whether places work, please, and sustain. Places are not just commodities
  5. 6. planning for the future of suburbia…
  6. 7. Best Practices In Suburbia Mix uses! Encourage compact, clustered development Place higher residential density near commercial development, transit stops, parks, and public facilities Make subdivisions into neighborhoods with well-defined centers and edges; provide pedestrian and vehicular connectivity to schools, parks, and activity centers Make shopping centers and business parks into all purpose activity centers Maintain a jobs-housing balance Traditional neighborhood developments (TND)
  7. 8. Best Practices In Suburbia Maintain a jobs-housing balance Traditional neighborhood developments (TND) Conservation subdivisions Infill development/redevelopment Market Study Sign ordinance Landscape ordinance Design guidelines
  8. 15. So how do we create “sustainable suburbs?”
  9. 16. 5 General Trends that will guide growth… Support for Density and Diversity Environmental Reform Transportation Reform Quality of Life Initiatives Community Initiated Livable Centers

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