07 Apr '11, 12pm

Industry study: Americans want smart growth

Industry study: Americans want smart growth

Americans decidedly favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, says a new industry study. In fact, 56 percent of us prefer smart growth neighborhoods over those that require more driving between home, work and recreation. These findings are from the just-released Community Preference Survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors®. “Realtors® care about improving communities through smart growth initiatives,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, in a press release posted Monday on the Association’s web site . Phipps is broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Our members don’t just sell homes, they sell neighborhoods. Realtors® understand that different home buyers are looking for all kinds of neighborhood settings and that many home buyers want walkable, transit-accessible communities.” Walkable communities were defined in the survey as those where shops, res...

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