Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit

Benefits of New Urbansim: 

from the Congress for the New Urbanism


IT IS HEALTHIER 


  • provides greater access to affordable, healthy foods
  • provides access to health services, especially for families with children and seniors
  • promotes more active lifestyles/greater overall physical fitness, to reduce:
  • childhood and adult obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, medical costs
  • better air quality – increased cardiovascular and respiratory health
  • increases “social capital” through greater social integration and social support
  • shortens emergency response times and improves community life safety


IT ENERGIZES COMMUNITIES


  • restores urban neighborhoods and revives urban economies
  • establishes a greater sense of place
  • guides sustainable development
  • supports culture and community
  • reduces household costs
  • reconnects neighborhoods and connects people
  • improves access to key resources
  • puts underperforming land to use
  • raises and stabilizes property values
  • attracts new homebuyers
  • promotes Community Driven Development through public engagement and public planning
  • stimulates commercial activity and strengthens local economy
  • supports existing community functions and builds on community assists
  • improves early education through community supported school programs and facilities
  • creates more child friendly communities
  • creates diversity of people, ages, income levels, ethnicities, and cultures
  • enhances quality of life
  • increases social connection and awareness
  • promotes Economic Development through entrepreneurship and job creation


IT IS MORE EFFICIENT WITH TAX DOLLARS


  • creates live/work/walk communites
  • promotes economic growth through walkable, convenient, and easily accessible shopping districts
  • mixed-use districts spread investment risk, meaning a greater return on investment
  • provides a greater variety of housing options
  • boosts municipal tax revenues
  • provides greater access to goods, services, jobs, housing, etc.
  • shortens emergency response times and improves community life safety
  • decreases per capita infrastructure, utility, and facility costs
  • encourages more efficient land use
  • lowers infrastructure costs


IT MAKES STREETS MORE INVITING AND SAFER FOR EVERYONE


  • provides greater access to public transportation through multi-modal street design
  • creates transportation diversity (pedestrians, cyclists, buses, and cars)
  • increases street efficiency
  • increases street safety and pedestrian safety
  • lessens crime and violence
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions/pollution
  • maximizes transportation choice


IT USES LESS ENERGY (IS SUSTAINABLE)


  • reduces pollution, creates a cleaner environment
  • promotes environmental and site integration, and land preservation
  • utilizes renewable energy
  • promotes proper waste management
  • utilizes proper landscaping to increase public health and add community value
  • increases overall community happiness
  • creates a more beautiful city and community
  • encourages better water management practices to lower expenses and preserve water sources