Rather than a popularity contest, how about adding value to the equation by also looking at "smart growth?" For example, how do these 'burbs handle or plan to handle sprawl, transportation, sustainability, economic development, etc.?
It's been said that a home is one of the biggest if not the biggest investment people make but BEST PLACES to LIVE is more like stock tip spam to me - cost of residential real estate relative to local incomes? It's high and it's hot! As community stakeholders, shouldn't the real winners be those with the best rating and buy and hold potential?
To learn more about smart growth and the principles of New Urbanism, visit:
Environmental Protection Agency: Smart Growth
Congress for the New Urbanism
National Geographic Earthpulse: The New Suburb
Smart Growth America
Smart Growth Online
National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
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