New Urbanism has become increasingly influential on commercial real estate development and municipal land-use strategies in the Dallas/Fort Worth region in recent years. The New Urbanism movement promotes a mixture of walkability, connectivity, sustainability, and mixed-uses in the planning initiatives of cities and neighborhoods.
Partly spurred by a population boom- Dallas/Fort Worth saw the biggest population gain in the United States last year- and forecasts that the growth will continue for the next 20 years as Dallas’ urban area is expected to double, the need for more efficient and smarter land use has arrived along with terms like “walkable urbanism”, “live-work-play” and “placemaking” that are synonymous with New Urbanism ideals.
As companies continue to fight to attract and retain the best talent in an increasingly competitive job market, they are demanding to be in vibrant buildings or areas that offer a mix of walkable amenities, diverse housing options, and connectivity to multiple transit options as one way to entice potential candidates and reduce employee turnover.
The shift in Walk and Transit scores between the old suburban locations and new urban locations of 500 companies that have recently relocated suggests the shift is partially lifestyle driven.
(Smart Growth America)