I sense that the trend towards "new urbanism" is a way to try to get rid of the traditional suburban subdivisions or sprawl. For those of you who are proponents of new urbanism, why is this the case?
As someone who likes suburbia, I don't see much difference between the two, at least in the area I used to live in. Some new urbanist communities, Kentlands and King Farm, have been thriving for a few years now in the suburbs of DC. However, they do have many elements that are appealing to people who like the traditional planned communities, in that pretty much everything in them is identical (houses, apartments, etc) and are relatively close to strip malls with wal-marts, staples, etc. and feel like they are still a part of the larger suburb, rather than a "new city" of its own.
In these particular communities, there is a traffic problem because people drive to them and through them just like they were a regular subdivision. I know proponents would like to see a decrease in car traffic and more people walking, but they just don't like to do that. If you're going to a store in one area of Kentlands and need to go to a different one, you're going to drive there (even if it's within walking distance). Residents are not the only ones utilizing them either, many non-residents go to Kentlands also b/c it's attractive (night out at the movies, restaurants, nicer shopping area), which drives up traffic even more. I think the only people that might walk there are the ones that live directly across the street from the shopping area (if they walk at all).