What's is the obsession with elitism? Is there no place for elites in society anymore? If elites can't be allowed leadership roles anymore, who else can?From http://wrf.ca/comment/article.cfm?ID=146
Finally, New Urbanism is accused of catering to a specific and exclusive demographic category: "'New Urbanism is essentially a white, elitist movement', claims theologian Glenn Smith, professor of urban theology at McGill University in Montreal" (K. Connie Kang, "New Urban Model Becomes Article of Faith," Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2005). Never mind that this same charge could be made - and rarely is - against the environmental movement. Such a critique represents a significant challenge to the long term significance of New Urbanism. I don't think that elitism and exclusivity are the intentions of the advocates of New Urbanism, but New Urbanists have become victims of their own success. There are so many bad, conventional, suburban subdivisions being built and, in comparison, so few developments that are built with a view to good urbanism, that demand for good urban planning tends to run away with New Urbanist developments as they come to the market.
The attitude that elitism is a sin and must fought is viciously self-destructive.