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Old 12-18-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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The term smart growth emerged historically, at a time when the approach of many environmentally minded local groups was opposition to ALL growth an development. It was a response to that, to show that there are some forms of growth that are have fewer of the negative impacts the anti-growth folks feared. It was an attempt at a middle ground.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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This deserves to be its own thread because, frankly, the issues it raises, obvious ideological tilt aside, go far beyond the basic principles of designing a walkable area. The linked article directly questions the basic value proposition of new urbanism, as well as the basic concept of environmental protectionism. These are much more general concerns than the specifics of promoting walkability.

it also raises some methodological issues.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Getting back on point, "Goals in the Middle Distance," while useful for enhancing walkability, would seem to lead to a lot of t-junctions and roundabouts, and thus be a headache for designing for other modes of transit, namely cars.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Getting back on point, "Goals in the Middle Distance," while useful for enhancing walkability, would seem to lead to a lot of t-junctions and roundabouts, and thus be a headache for designing for other modes of transit, namely cars.
Perhaps. But some may view that as a price worth paying for better design.
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