Neo-Traditional Community Review
McKenzie Towne:
Suburb with a Neo-Traditional Facade
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  • Neo-Traditional Rating: 1.50 (substantially fails to achieve neo-traditional ideals) on a scale of 1 to 5.
Criteria Neo--Traditional Ideal Case Rating
Walkable Community Stores within walking distance (1/4 mile) of all residences. Appears that all residences are or will be within walking distance of a neighborhood store. The "High Street," however, is within walking distance of few residences. 2
Transit Oriented Development Automobile competitive transit service providing service to entire urban area Limited automobile competitive transit service only to downtown and only at peak hours --- work trip market share is lower than the Calgary metropolitan average 2
Housing Prices Mix of housing prices, including low cost housing. Housing prices generally above median house price. 2
Density 7 housing units per acre minimum (12,000 per square mile) Estimated density at 2,900 per square mile. The "High Street," which will cater to the fully developed community takes up a good deal of space. Eventual densities will be higher, but unlikely to exceed 4,000. 1
Impact on Suburbanization Infill -- does not contribute to suburbanization Greenfield --- contributing to suburbanization 1
Balance of jobs and residences Community provides a balance of jobs and residences, reducing the necessity to commute by automobile A number of commercial jobs: generally low wage retail jobs that could not support the high costs of home ownership in this development. 1
Market oriented development No subsidies or tax breaks Unknown ---
Composite Rating 1.50
Rating System:

5: Substantially Exceeds Objective

4: Exceeds Objective

3: Meets Objective

2: Fails to Meet Objective

1: Substantially Fails to Meet Objective

Nothing in this review is meant to suggest that any neo-traditional development is not a desirable community. Most are well designed and attractive. To the extent that any such development fails to achieve neo-traditional (new urbanist) objectives is more than likely a reflection that the objectives themselves are impractical and largely unachievable in an environment that depends upon consumer choice in a free market.

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