Most Americans want to live an single-family detached house, but a 2013 Community Preference Survey undertaken by the National Association of Realtors also found a strong and growing preference for walkable places.
“Most Americans now want to live in a walkable neighborhood where they can walk to shops and restaurants and parks, and many are willing to give up a large yard to do so. There is also a strong interest in having access to public transportation,” the NAR’s Joseph Molinaro writes.
“Good cities need infrastructure, efficiency, and economic activity, and smart cities give equally strong attention to arts and culture, social compassion, and sustainability. But great cities need more than that. They need beauty.
“They need to inspire creativity, energy and affection for the place we live in, through that beauty. They need buildings, streets and places that move us, that inspire us to be more creative and civil. They need beauty that makes us fall in love with where we live. As is true with anything we love, we’ll be unable to watch our city being treated badly.
“Does beauty mean things have to be more expensive? Not necessarily, if we’re clever (besides, it’s amazing how expensive ugly can be). Does beauty pay dividends for a smart city? Of course. The economic spinoffs in private sector re-investment and the resulting municipal tax generation are proven, and in fact beauty has a better track-record of return on investment than ugly does.
“It’s good for business, for quality of life, and for attraction of creative industries and people. Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Absolutely, but so what? Even the discussion of what is beautiful … is worthwhile. People may not agree, and that’s the beauty of it. But we’ll be having a great conversation.”
— Brent Toderian, Toderian UrbanWORKS
As work on Portsmouth’s Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan nears the halfway mark, the city has published a draft showing existing conditios: where people bike and walk to, the conditions along the way, and where there have been accidents,
See Existing Conditions Maps and Study Network Development (DRAFT March 28, 2014) on planportsmouth.com.
Thursday, Apr. 24 will be the official launch of CommuteSMART Seacoast, which is a new program for sustainable commuting in the Seacoast. The regional Transportation Management Association (TMA) will hold a brief press conference and reception at Redhook Brewery from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The mission of CommuteSMART Seacoast is to promote sustainable commuting choices (ridesharing, public transit, walk/bike, telecommuting) to support a vibrant greater Seacoast. For more information, contact Anne Rugg, Manager of CommuteSMART Seacoast at 743-5777 ext.109 or arugg@commuteSMARTseacoast.org. — City of Portsmouth
PS21 provides education and encourages discussion and policy development around urban planning issues in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We aim to help create a vibrant, sustainable, livable, and walkable community that compatible with the commonly accepted principles of Smart Development and the historic nature of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. PS21 stands for “Portsmouth Smart Development in the 21st century.”