Urban sprawl has pushed our society to a breaking point economically, socially and ecologically. Part of the problem involves massive infrastructure that must be either preserved or replaced. But people love their cities, suburbs, and rural living, and the associated unsustainable habits of life.
Web article (Tree Hugger, Alter 2015) points to studies quantifying the huge cost disparity between urban sprawl and more dense urban living ($3462/household for public services in sprawl vs. $1416/household in urban setting). NewVistas is at the low end of the cost spectrum.
Web article (Time, Gallagher 2014) describes the fight of one man against “wider, faster, treeless roads" that ruin public places and kill people.
Web article (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Fee and Hartley 2011) demonstrates shifts that have occured in density in the last 30 years due to urban sprawl and other drivers.
Article (The Atlantic, Leinberger 2010) discusses the economic implications of suburban growth in connection with the housing market. Trends drive toward NewVistas-type methods of prefabrication and increased mixed use. Its as if the article were presenting the housing problem so NewVistas could solve it.
Article (Common Current, Karlenzig 2010) explains why urban sprawl is unsustainable and in decline.
Web article (Ingles 2000) rants against the high density claim that the world's population could live in Texas.
Article (EverythyingConnects.org 2014) introduces and quantifies the bad effects of urban sprawl including videos.
The NewVistas model achieves very high urban density while preserving natural beauty and a human-scaled environment. Targets: 1. Elimination of all forms of sprawl 2. Population density of 10,000 to 15,000 people per square mile 3. Mixed use - residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial
PowerPoint (Levie 2014) explains the NewVistas approach to sprawl and mixed use, optimal buildings and their arrangments, transportation and energy.
The NewVistas model allows for an abundance of greenspace, while achieving a reasonable density. More and more benefits of increased greenspace become known each day. The attached article (Atlantic) discusses several perks of greenspaces, such as clean air and reduced noise, and suggests that enough of it may even help make us a little sharper and more focused.
Video (The School of Life 2015) outlining the issues with inconsistent development in urban areas, and the adverse effects on walkability. Much like the NewVistas concept, the video offers suggestions on addressing these issues through an appropriate blend of order and variety in urban design.
Web article (The Atlantic - Citylab, Florida 2012) suggests that economic progress is a factor of concentrated density in city centers. NewVistas has a high density without the downsides commonly associated with city centers.
Web page gallery with a top-ten set of documentaries about Urbanism and Suburbia