Smart Growth Journal of Property Management (12/00) Vol. 65, No. 6 p.21; Manewith, Esther L.
Smart growth policies are molding cityscapes across
North America. Such initiative are beginning to remedy the
detrimental impact that suburban sprawl has had on the vitality
of downtown areas, on available land resources, and on our
over-congested roadways. Smart growth is a general title given
to many different forms of reinvigoration in development in our
cities. It includes zoning changes in urban centers to allow for
a more tightly packed density of population, and nurturing the
development of relatively self-sufficient and contained
neighborhoods around commercial and industrial sections.
Shopping and entertainment are within close proximity to
residences. Aged structures are supplanted by modern,
affordable, and safe housing, or even subjected to renovation to
maintain the integrity and historicity of the original
structure's character and beauty. In a nutshell, these
initiatives are transforming once unsafe and rundown areas of
towns into highly demanded residential communities and commercial
districts. Smart communities also include high-tech touches,
like apartment complexes fully wired and capable of handling
telephone, cable, and DSL modes of information transfer all at
once. Another aspect of smart growth is increased power-center
construction, in which a multitude of super chain stores like
WalMart and Sam's Club and specialty music, shoe, and bookstores
join together in one location on a major artery or intersection.
Modern retirement communities are another aspect of smart-growth
planning. Elderly individuals would reside in individual units
in which they can remain in relative independence, but remain
part of a community that offers social outlets and easy access to
shopping and public transportation.