No doubt you've run across opposition to NU development, or just the concept of new urbanism. What are the worst soundbites you've heard in opposition to New Urbanism?
Among armchair urbanists and those diagnosed with sentimental geography syndrome in the Rust Belt: fake, not authentic, not genuine, not real, too manicured, "out of the Stepford Wives", etc.
Heard in Buffalo: "We already have enough old urbanism. They should fix that up first."
Heard in far east suburban Cleveland: "My parents/grandparents left the city to get away from that kind of neighborhood" and "It would attract more of the kind of people we don't want living here. It's what they're comfortable with."
Among some of the crunchy crowd: "There's too much impervious surface coverage. It's not going to be good for stormwater management, groundwater protection or watershed protection."
Also, developers labeling any of their projects with a lot of Arts-and-Crafts/Craftsman/interwar vernacular revival architecture or houses with detached garages as NU.