Over the past several years, a new philosophy has emerged within HUD that recognizes the importance of good design in the development of public housing. Simply giving people a roof over their heads is no longer enough. HUD now aims to boost community pride--and even revitalize distressed areas--through the provision of high quality housing for everyone. HUD's new philosophy also recognizes that involving citizens in decisions that will effect their lives helps build a long-term support structure to maintain the livability of neighborhoods in the future.
This booklet provides examples of how to apply New Urbanist design principles to HOPE VI development and other urban revitalization projects. Communities striving to create neighborhoods of opportunity should consider these principles as one part of their strategy.