New Urbanist Design and Economic Growth: Lessons from Formalizing Smart Development in Miami (2012).
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CitationDaniel Balmori, New Urbanist Design and Economic Growth: Lessons from Formalizing Smart Development in Miami
AbstractThis work suggests that the keystone in beginning to improve the greatest ailments facing America’s cities lies in the design of the very form of those cities. This paper argues that providing smarter, more flexible options for the cities’ building market should be a priority initiative and not a creative afterthought for local governments in revitalizing America’s cities. The principles of New Urbanism hold much promise for the important task of revitalizing America’s cities. New Urbanists have discovered a valuable tool in the form-based code which has the potential to drastically change the structures of our cities, including the way that they grow and the manner in which the people within them interact. As a tool, however, it promises only the opportunity to facilitate the urban market so that a population can design their own communities dedicated to catering to the public in a manner less restrictive, exclusive, and segregated than in the past. This work does not argue that the form-based code is a full antidote to modern urban ailments, but rather that it is an underutilized mechanism to compliment other measures promoted by local governments to reopen and revitalize local economies, enabling them to thrive and fulfill their maximum potential. Lessons from the City of Miami show that the implementation of a form-based code is an achievable goal in a large metropolis even where a vast amount of development already exists. It bears the rare potential as a policy tool of helping the local government fulfill its dual and oft-competing roles as corporate wealth creator and reservation for the needy. While time will tell exactly what impact the form-based code has on the City of Miami, basic economics and development in the last two years suggest that implementing these measures can go a long way to improving the local economy and fueling America’s most important economic engines—its cities.
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