The continuing value of planned community: Radburn in the evolution of suburban development

C. M. Lee, B. Stabin-Nesmith

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Radburn was built at the edge of early 20th-century suburbs in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in a time of transition between suburban development patterns. Although only a quarter of the original town plan was completed because of the Great Depression, its distinctive characteristics have remained unchanged. Its location on the border between early 20th-century suburban development, which is based on a strict grid system, and post-World War II suburban development allows us to compare Radburn's distinctive values with other schemes of residential development. The paper finds that the Radburn model is still working. The pedestrian-oriented scheme encourages high transit use. The market still values Radburn's integration of high-density development with attractive public space and its complete pedestrian network as a premium in proverty value. Since many contemporary planners and designers are once again pursuing these Radburn values in New Urbanist schemes, they would do well to consider the Radburn model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-184
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001 Jan 1

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