In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that traditional development patterns are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities, suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, many communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out.
Smart growth provides an alternative to conventional growth and sprawl. It invests time, attention, and resources in restoring community and vitality to center cities and older suburbs. New smart growth is more town-centered. It is transit and pedestrian oriented, and has a greater mix of housing, commercial and retail uses. It also preserves open space and many other environmental amenities.