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New Urbanism... What's It All About? Recently at workshops and in discussion forums, we have heard the term "new urbanism." While some feel comfortable using the phrase, more times than not we have seen a perplexed look from others wondering what is this thing they call "new urbanism?" So, we decided to do a little research of our own. According to Newurbanism.org new urbanism "promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, compact, vibrant, mixed-use communities composed of the same components as conventional development, but assembled in a more integrated fashion, in the form of complete communities. These contain housing, work places, shops, entertainment, schools, parks, and civic facilities essential to the daily lives of the residents, all within easy walking distance of each other. New Urbanism promotes the increased use of trains and light rail, instead of more highways and roads." The principles of urbanism are applied increasingly to projects when developing or redeveloping communities, and on a full range of scales from a single building to an entire community. Certainly urban areas naturally lend themselves to the application of the concept, however the principles of creating walkable, vibrant communities can be applied in any environment. New urbanism is the revival of the lost art of placemaking and essentially encourages "re-ordering" the built environment in the form of complete cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods. It involves fixing and infilling cities, as well as the creation of compact new towns and villages. Principles of the concept include: Walkability - friendly street design, tree-lined streets, hidden parking lots, slow speed streets Connectivity - interconnected streets, a hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards and alleys, design of public realm makes walking pleasurable Mixed-Use and Diversity - a mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes, mixed-use within neighborhoods, within blocks and buildings, diversity of people (ages, incomes, cultures and races) Mixed Housing - a range of types, sizes and prices in close proximity Quality Architecture and Urban Design - emphasis on aesthetics, human comfort, a sense of place, human scale architecture with surroundings that nourish the human spirit Traditional Neighborhood Structure - a discernable center and edge with public space at the center, public open space designed as civic art, highest densities at town center with progressively less density towards the edge. Areas where the boundary between the natural and man-made disappears. Increased Density - more buildings, residences and shops close together for ease of walking, to enable a more efficient use of the services and resources. Green Transportation - a network of high-quality trains, pedestrian-friendly design that encourages greater use of bicycles, roller blades, scooters and walking as daily transportation Sustainability - minimal environmental impact of development, ecofriendly technologies, value of natural systems, more local production, more walking - less driving. Quality of Life - the principles above, when taken together add up to a high quality of life well worth living, and create places that enrich, uplift, and inspire the human spirit. ■ Information taken from http://www. newurbanism.org/newurbanism.html where you can find articles and research on the concept of new urbanism. fall 2016 | frpa journal 25 http://www.Newurbanism.org http://www.newurbanism.org/newurbanism.html

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FRPA Journal - Fall 2016

A Message from the President of FRPA
A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
FRPA Agency Profile
Book Review
Economic Impact of the Underline
Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
“Thank You for My New Bicycle”
Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
Index of Advertisers
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the President of FRPA
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 12
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - FRPA Agency Profile
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Book Review
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Economic Impact of the Underline
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 19
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 21
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - “Thank You for My New Bicycle”
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 23
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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