What is a Transformative Community?
A new term for an old idea. Transformative Communities employ the principles of New Urbanism to create smaller, more dense and compact cities that are highly active and fully accessible.
Such places are not car centered, but people centered, and aim to create vibrant and complete communities designed around living, working, shopping, moving, and relaxing.
From the Congress for the New Urbanism, a transformative community...
"balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other. Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make, and the land that hosts us. It is Living Community.
Our challenge and opportunity is to (re)discover methods for growth that will enhance regions and communities, and, in turn, the lives of all people in an age of constricting economic and natural resources and in an environment of continual change. We must cultivate places that enable our welfare today while enhancing prospects for future generations. The New Urbanism pragmatically seeks to balance these forces. Our approach will evolve as we learn together, and as we create together in a collaborative framework of policy makers, developers, designers, administrators, and community at large. Together we realize and experience the Living Community." read the full article here
Smart Growth America
new study examines sprawl and its connection to well-being.