Thursday, March 08, 2007
New Urbanism Manifesto
A couple years ago the CNU published a credo. In it they explained their raison d'etre. Unfortunately it was written in plannerese an obscure sub-dialect of bureaucratese. I have taken the liberty to translate:
The Congress for the New Urbanism advocates: disproportionate government investment in central cities, government restrictions on choice of home or neighborhood, government mandated forced integration by race and income, increased government protections of the environment by limiting choice and uses of private property, and the application of government policies to return to old city form and dominance.
CNU seeks to restore density in the old cities, increase density in the new suburbs and place prohibitions on any land use policies that result in either lower densities or investment outside the dense urban areas.
CNU recognizes that intense limits on personal liberty and private property rights are necessary as it seems physical solutions by themselves will not solve social and economic problems inherent we percieve in our nations prefered urban patterns, but neither can economic vitality, community stability, and environmental health be sustained without a coherent and supportive physical framework.
CNU advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.
CNU seeks to impose our extremeist and extreme minority views on the general population using force of government upon broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals. We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design. In short, we want to direct.
CNU dedicates ourselves to reclaiming our dominion over homes, blocks, streets, parks, neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment.
This is why I fight New Urbanism.