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Salt Lake City, Houston embracing ‘cultural urbanism’

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The concept of new urbanism, which arose in the United States during the 1980s, promoted the kind of mixed-use developments that were natural to American cities before the dominance of the automobile. New urbanism proposed that neighborhoods be walkable and jobs and stores not be separated from residential. Not much has changed with the movement except urban planners have had 30 years to tweak the basic ideas, and new studies and broad-based design concepts continue to emerge. Recently, I came across a study by Christopher Leinberger of George Washington University's School of Business that focused on walkable urban neighborhoods, particularly those in the local Washington, D.C., area. Leinberger wrote: "Walkable urban development calls for dramatically different approaches to urban design and planning, regulation, financing and construction. Most importantly, it also requires the introduction of a new industry: place management. The new field develops the strategy a...