This article discusses the importance and reintroduction of urban centers as areas of continuing development, information exchange and health in cities and suburbs. It first comments on the decay of urban centers as a result of the post-World War II push to build towns and cities which were more isolated, fragmented and anti-urban. New urbanism began in the 1970s and 80s to create neighborhoods and urban centers rather than scattered developments and has successfully continued to this day. This article identifies the design principles of these urbanists and how they are put into practice, including a case study of Park Du Valle in Louisville, Kentucky.

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