Salt Lake City, Houston embracing 'cultural urbanism'

Walkable, mixed-use developments celebrate the uniqueness of their location

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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.