Smart, green growth and walkable urban places are killing the ‘burbs

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Times have changed, writes Kaid Benfield in The Atlantic magazine, and the key assumptions that encouraged decades of urban sprawl no longer hold true. Welcome to the era of smart, green growth.

In a column headlined, “How History Killed the Suburbs”, Benfield says the main assumptions for urban sprawl – unlimited land, cars, roads and cheap gas, suburban neighborhoods and the American dream of owning your own home and mortgage – have all collapsed.

Changes in the larger economy and culture as well as demographic shifts in the 2010 census show people returning to cities, as urban living in walkable, smart green environments attracts people from the ‘burbs.

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Kaid Benfield is the director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and co-founder of Smart Growth America

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