I thought I would share this interesting excerpt from a Better Cities & Towns! article recapping a talk by Richard Florida from his plenery talk at CNU20 in West Palm Beach:
The urban/suburban debate is likewise false, he said. “Great communities and great neighborhoods pretty much look the same,” he said. They are human-scale, include a mix of uses, and are close to transit. “These are the kind of things that people desire, and it is not just in the urban core that you find them,” he said.
This about sums it up to me. I am a die hard new urbanist and I live in a suburban city which may sound like a paradox. However, what most people don't realize is that New urbanism isn't about skyscrapers and Manhattan like density. It's about creating places where people actually want to be.
Check out the whole talk below.