New Urbanism is a school of urban development or re-development that is commonly thought to mitigate sprawl and to promote sustainability and smart growth. Advocates claim that New Urbanism reduces land consumption and improves civic life. New Urbanist projects also emphasize “walkability” and the mixing of residential, commercial, and public spaces. However, critics charge that benefits may be geographically limited if projects do not connect well to land uses containing jobs and commerce as well as to regional transportation networks. The goal of this research is to use a set of GIS indicators see how the principles of New Urbanism have been translated to actual communities in Florida and Alabama. The empirical foci used to assess the situation in a regional context are: location, land use, and transportation connectivity. The results show that developments do not meet the objectives of New Urbanist principles in a broad, regional spatial and social context.
|Keywords:||New Urbanism, Sustainability, GIS, Florida, Alabama|
Assistant Professor, Geography Department, University of North Alabama, Florence, USA
PhD Student, Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA