10 Aug '11, 12pm

Urban revitalization is green. Let's make it greener, greater, and more inclusive.

Urban revitalization is green. Let's make it greener, greater, and more inclusive.

When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: improving the environment, the economy, and social equity. Revitalization is good for the environment for the reasons I discussed in yesterday’s post ; it strengthens cities and allows them to absorb population and economic growth in a nonsprawling fashion that is inherently more efficient, less consumptive, and less polluting than when development spreads out. It is good economically because it requires the building and maintenance of far less new infrastructure, and allows commerce to proceed with less travel time and distance to sap productivity; it also can increase tax revenues. Revitalization is not always good for social equity, unfortunately, since without proper attention to the issue resident...

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