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New Urbanism

Stephen J. Grabill


As you may have already noticed from a quick scan of the contents pages, this issue of Markets & Morality is extensive, addressing a broad range of topics that will be of interest to theologians, ethicists, economists, and all those concerned with the view of the person that our built environments imply. For those in the latter category, this issue should be especially alluring because the articles by Philip Bess (architect, planner) and Eric Jacobsen (pastor) and the controversy between Chuck Bohl (architect, planner) and Mark Pennington (political economist) investigate the burgeoning new movement in planning circles known as the New Urbanism. New Urbanist ideals have captured the imagination of many architects, economists, ethicists, theologians, pastors, public policy analysts, neighborhood activists, developers, and small business owners. In fact, a recent editorial in the New York Times refers to the New Urbanism as the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.

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