05 February 2010

NAHB Changing Course

The National Association of Home Builders is a trade organization that for 68 years has advocated for sprawl. Since the 1940s they have lobbied local and our national government for more roads, less zoning and cheaper vinyl siding.

A few weeks ago they held their convention, and an associate noticed an interesting trend in the program topics:
-Back to Smaller, Better Floorplans
- Transit-Oriented Development: The New Wave of Site Selection..
- Making Workforce Housing Work! Examples from around the country
- ASLA/NAHB Land Planning Workshop
- High Density-50 Units per Acre and More
- Attainable Housing-Designing for the Workforce
- Rethinking Density: Maximizing Infill Development Opportunities
- Boomers in the City: Designing for an Urban Lifestyle

The members in the NAHB are very traditional in their thinking, and seeing some of these topics in their agenda is very surprising.

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