The Difficult Rebirth of American Urbanism: Why Do We Need to Keep Pushing So Hard?

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The Carolina Transportation Program and the Institute for the Environment’s Center for Sustainable Community Design present a talk by Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Ben Ross presentationNew city neighborhoods are in demand, yet those who try to build them face never-ending obstacles. What does get built usually falls short of what is wanted — today’s builders find it nearly impossible to match the urbanism of neighborhoods built a century ago. These difficulties are not caused by ignorance or mere inertia. Urban revival challenges a deeply rooted value system, developed in the course of a century of suburban development, that ranks the single-family home and automobile above all else. To overcome this resistance, urbanists must think big and offer a compelling vision of change.