Urbanism is not an invention. It developed naturally over time in response to human needs. - Jeff Speck, Smart Growth Manual
There is a misconception that the New Urbanism is an invention or an architectural/planning idea that was invented from the minds of <Insert one: communists, socialists, planners>. Actually, it's essentially a collection of evolved knowledge that was thrown away following WWII in favor of the drivable suburban experiment. The new urbanists more than anything else can be thanked for digging that knowledge out of the trash can of history and putting it back in our toolbox.
ht: Todd Bonnett