Rick Harrison offers an essay as part of an expansive new report from the Center for Opportunity Urbanism called "America's Housing Crisis." The report contains several essays about the future of housing from various perspectives. Here's a link to the full report.

Harrison's take is that suburban planning is broken, and here, he proposes that a New Urbanist agenda is an over-reach in reacting to waste and value-destruction in prior suburban development practices. His assertion is that planners, developers, and universities have defaulted to social engineering rather than good, human-centric design, i.e. Coving. He writes:

Suburban developers today must rediscover of the innovation that characterized the first wave of builders, who created, however imperfectly, an unprecedented wave of property ownership and privacy. Our challenge now is not to reject suburbia but to look for something that goes beyond replicating tradition, but actually improves how we live and interact with the natural world, and each other.

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