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CHAPTER CORNER: CNU Carolinas Talks Pocket Neighborhoods

Welcome to the second post in CNU's CHAPTER CORNER. Chapter Corner features dispatches from CNU's individual chapters around the country. Hear firsthand about what others are doing to instill New Urbanist principles into their neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

CNU Carolinas Chapter member Josh O'Conner reviews Ross Chapin's concept of Pocket Neighborhoods, and discusses how the idea can affect a shared sense of place in locales with such an abundance of private space, such as Asheville, NC.

Garden Cities: Theory & Practice of Agrarian Urbanism - Book Review

One of the more familiar tenets of the New Urbanist development paradigm is the use of compact development patterns which utilize high densities as a means to contain suburban development in order to preserve the pastoral and idyllic conditions often destroyed by sprawl. Within this scheme, New Urbanist have sought to use the centralization of urban development as a means to ensure that farmland was available for years to come.

Sustainable and Resilient Communities - Book Review

Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions (Wiley Series in Sustainable Design)

by Stephen Coyle