By Tyler Falk
Posting in Cities
A new survey by the National Association of Realtors finds that more Americans want to live in smart growth communities over sprawling ones.
A new survey from the National Association of Realtors -- not from urbanists or environmentalist -- finds that Americans increasingly prefer to live in mixed-use neighborhoods that are walkable and close to transit options.
It's no longer the American dream to live in a traditional sprawling suburban development. Not only did 77 percent of respondents say that would prefer living in a walkable community, but 56 percent of respondents say that they would prefer to live in a smart growth community, with walkability, mixed-use development, and transit. That's compared to 43 percent who said they would rather live in a sprawl community.
“Realtors care about improving communities through smart growth initiatives,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Our members don’t just sell homes, they sell neighborhoods. Realtors understand that different home buyers are looking for all kinds of neighborhood settings and that many home buyers want walkable, transit-accessible communities.”
But while the desire to live in sprawl seems to be fading, the desire to live in single-family detached homes remains. The survey found that 80 percent want to live in single-family detached homes over more dense housing, like apartments or condos. Unfortunately, the two desires seem at odds with each other, especially in big cities.
So which is it America, sprawl or smart growth?
I'm sure you'll keep this study in mind when you choose.
Apr 5, 2011
I don't believe the debate here was about the "environment", but about how our cities need to stop robbing each other as the ultimate solution to their problems. His reply contributed nothing to that debate. kral oyunkanal d oyun
I wouldn't ever want to live in an apartment-type building with shared hallways, elevator/stairs, laundry room, and parking garage again. I like my privacy too much. But I would consider living in a townhome so long as I had my own private garage, front entrance, and laundry room/area. The main reason why we purchased a SFR over a townhome is because we wanted a 4th bedroom since we now have 3 kids. Nearly all the townhomes in our area have only 2 or 3 BR.
Did anyone explain to these people that a smart community means smaller lawns that require less watering? Everyones vision of suburbia is a big lawn which does not fit the smart community model. Would understanding that change their answer?
Perhaps people would like to live in smaller communities that have the features of smart growth community yet are connected to other similar sized communities by an integrated transport system?