Smart growth principles offer neighborhood conveniences, less traffic & safer streets. LEED for Neighborhood Development:
When people hear about housing developments planned for their communities, they often assume the worst. More traffic, more pollution, fewer green spaces -- and nothing much in return but higher property taxes. For several decades, this has too often been the case. In recent years, however, developments using new smart growth principles offer a promising alternative, including more neighborhood conveniences, less traffic and safer streets. But how do you know in advance if a development will follow the old, sprawling model or the new, greener one?