Matthew Pipkin of Common Grounds Online has recently written a good ‘n’ short introduction to New Urbanism and its appeal to Christians.
He mentions two things in particular: how New Urbanist ideas address a wide variety of pressing concerns in community living, and how these ideas are mostly old ideas.
But New Urbanism has one glaring blind spot:
It fails to recognize the reality of the Fall. Many New Urbanists believe that if we merely build better places, community will automatically flourish. … What they don’t understand is that man is sinful, and that even in the most pristine neighborhood we will still be selfish, untrusting and will seek our own good over the good of the community.