If anyone is interested in a different take on the New Urbanism I have posted at Urban Paradoxes With Gilded Eyes: Utopian Urbanism: A critque of the New Urbanism. Not wanting to take up too much space here I will just share the opening paragraph:
When I first came across the Congress of New Urbanism, I have to admit, I was impressed by the scope of their vision. Lately, however, as I have watched the New Urbanism unfold, particularly in light of post Katrina and Rita rebuilding I have begun to view New Urbanism is a different light, one that is increasingly making me suspect New Urbanism’s motives. To be honest, I like much of what the Congress of New Urbanism has to say in their Charter document. What I have a problem with is the utopian premise that “authentic urbanism” as defined by CNU “increases human happiness” because it has the inherent ability to solve urban ills.
I would appreciate hearing your comments and thoughts on the issues.