Charlotte on CNN: “Americans rebuild for the ‘new urban century’”
Posted on 2 Apr 2010 by Justin Ruckman
“We’re creating infrastructure for human beings, rather than automobiles,” says Michael Smith, CEO of Center City Partners in Charlotte, a group of business leaders that has helped lead a revival of the city’s downtown.
Creating a new infrastructure means new rules, experts say.
What’s on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes.
What’s now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts.
“As you look at the cities that are going to thrive in the next century, there’s a belief that we’re entering the urban century,” Smith says. “There’s a new urbanism that’s not about cul-de-sacs or expressways. It’s sidewalks, bike paths and parks.”
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