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Charter of the New Urbanism

Charter of the New Urbanism

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Published by: Scott Schaefer on Dec 08, 2008
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Charter of the New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism
views disinvestment in cen-tral cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by raceand income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural landsan wierness, an te erosion o societys uit eritage as one inter-related community-building challenge.
We stand
for the restoration of existing urban centers and townswithin coherent metropolitan regions, the reconguration of sprawlingsuburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts,the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of ourbuilt legacy.
We recognize
that physical solutions by themselves will not solvesocial and economic problems, but neither can economic vitality,community stability, and environmental health be sustained withouta coherent and supportive physical framework.
We advocate
the restructuring of public policy and developmentpractices to support te oowing principes: neigoroos soube diverse in use and population; communities should be designed forthe pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should beshaped by physically dened and universally accessible public spacesand community institutions; urban places should be framed by ar-chitecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate,ecology, and building practice.
We represent
a roa-ase citizenry, compose o puic an privatesector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary profession-as. We are committe to reestaising te reationsip etween teart of building and the making of community, through citizen-basedparticipatory panning an esign.
We dedicate
ourselves to reclaiming our homes, blocks, streets, parks,neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment.
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