How To Stall Sprawl: Bringing Back the Neighborhood

On an abandon state-hospital site a few blocks from downtown Cambridge, Minn., New Urbanism has gone country. "People are building a neighborhood," says Father James Hahn, 70, a priest and new homeowner in the Heritage Greens development. The antisprawl design movement emphasizing small homes, spaced tightly in walkable communities, has budded in cities, suburbsand now small towns.

Sprawl plagues once sleepy hamlets, as development follows highways and then builds new housing right to the edge of town. So Cambridge (pop. 7,000) drafted Warren Hanson, a former yoga teacher turned urban planner who champions livable, affordable neighborhoods, to fight back. In St....

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