"The Congress for the New Urbanism views disinvestment in central
cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race
and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands
and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s built heritage as one interrelated
We stand for the restoration of existing urban centers and towns
within coherent metropolitan regions, the reconfiguration of sprawling
suburbs into communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts,
the conservation of natural environments, and the preservation of our
We recognize that physical solutions by themselves will not solve
social and economic problems, but neither can economic vitality,
community stability, and environmental health be sustained without
a coherent and supportive physical framework.
We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development
practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should
be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for
the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be
shaped by physically defi ned and universally accessible public spaces
and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture
and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate,
ecology, and building practice.
We represent a broad-based citizenry, composed of public and private
sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals.
We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the
art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based
participatory planning and design.
We dedicate ourselves to reclaiming our homes, blocks, streets, parks,
neighborhoods, districts, towns, cities, regions, and environment."