FAQs of the NU

There are many misconceptions about the New Urbanism ("the NU," otherwise known as "traditional neighborhoods"). And those misconceptions vary according to whose lenses you’re looking through. Have a look through this list and see where you fit; it may be more than one place.

What we’re trying to do is to look through your eyes at three aspects of the New Urbanism: the neighborhoods, the thoroughfares that run through them, and the buildings built on those thoroughfares. Over time, we hope to address issues you might have with things in all these categories.

And we need your help. These FAQs are a little slim right now, so please post your questions about traditional neighborhoods and the New Urbanism on any of these pages… the harder the question, the better we like it! We also love questions about the subdivisions, office parks, and strip malls of sprawl… so please post those as well… thanks!

Resident

You may fit in several of these slots… for example, you might be a parent who’s a first-home traditional neighborhood resident and also a shopkeeper… with a child. In that case, click on all those links to look at traditional neighborhoods through those different lenses.
Child
Teen
Single
Parent
Empty-Nester
Senior
Guest
Resident (First Home)
Resident (Vacation)

Business

Innkeeper
Office
Retailer
School

Builder

Contractor or Tradesperson
Developer

Consultant

Attorney
Banker or Appraiser
Real Estate Agent

Designer

Architect
Engineer
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect
Planner

Regulator

City Planner
Building Inspector
City Engineer
Fire Marshal
Police Chief
Urban Forester

Stakeholder

Whether or not you fit into any of the categories above, you still may have a stake in a project that is being proposed… and if so, you might just identify with one or more of these perspectives:
Conservative
Environmentalist
Libertarian
Progressive
Socialist


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