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for Carolina Planning Vol. 28 Issue 1, Fall 2002
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The southeast is growing at a phenomenal rate. Although this growth has brought many benefits to the region, such as more jobs and higher incomes, the explosive, low-density land use development that is transforming the southeast is linked to an increasing array of environmental, health, economic, and social problems. Public awareness and concern with the problems relating to sprawl have increased, creating pressure for change and significant opportunities to promote new approaches that can capture the benefits of growth while reducing the accompanying costs.
This article examines how cities regulate downtown urban design and the effect of these approaches in shaping the built environment. The lack of urban design controls for building placement, elevations and other features can open the door for new development to be designed to accommodate the automobile at the expense of the pedestrian. This article also looks at several cities to show how design standards and guidelines have raised the bar for downtown development, affecting the design of not only buildings but also streetscape improvements and public spaces.