08 Apr '11, 1pm

#Smartgrowth is (or should be) about more than just land use & transportation: #urbanplanning

#Smartgrowth is (or should be) about more than just land use & transportation: #urbanplanning

This post drives to the heart of the problems we seem to experience with the (fairly) widespread adoption of TOD, Smart Growth and New Urbanism principles - even here in South Africa, Planners, Architects and Engineers have embraced these ideas and a lot of emphasis is being given to improved transportation such as high speed rail (Gautrain) and BRT projects that were coupled with the Soccer World Cup 2010. What is less obvious is the need to couple this with decentralized water and sanitation systems and reduced car use - overall a decoupling from consumption driven growth - here most people - even those who don't have them, cant seem to give up the idea of having a free standing house on its own piece of ground, two or more cars in the drive and using them to go to the mall, even if its round the corner. If you watch the media and TV you can clearly see why: that s what'...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/smart_growth_...

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