Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The impact of the urban vs. the suburban land use and transportation paradigm

Household budget weighted according to mode dependence and access


Household budget weighted according to mode dependence and access via The Overhead Wire and other sources.

Energy consumption: Suburban Sprawl vs. Green Urban
Energy consumption: Suburban Sprawl vs. Green Urban.

(No more blogging today, and too much transportation..., but then it's not one or the other, transportation and land use planning need to be intertwined.)

The idea of "drive until you qualify (for a mortgage)," by failing to take into account the cost of transportation, is very limiting. The Location Efficient Mortgage should be the standard protocol for mortgage financing.

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