A Profile of New Urbanism’s Punk Rockers

Scott Doyon has an interesting take on the need to reinvigorate new urbanism.  He thinks the design ethos has gotten grandiose and pretentious, just like rock & roll did in the 1970s  (Led Zep, anyone?)  What’s needed is a return to urbanism’s simple basics, in the same way that the Ramones, the Clash and other punks helped bring about a return to rock’s basics:

The bloat of the housing boom is over. We’re living in a different era now — an era of new economic realities — and the relevance of the planning and development trades depends on their — our — ability to get back to the basics of urban growth and development.

It’s happening. The torchbearers profiled here reflect something real and growing and I encourage you to become a part of it.

The post has a series of profiles of the punk rockers of new urbanism.  You can read the full post here.  (Need a better sense of what he means by a punk rock revival in planning?  Just compare this with this.)

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