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Commentary: Is the U.S. Sunbelt ready for Urbanity?

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HOUSTON -- Houston faces a crossroads, or to be more precise, a five-level stack interchange. Is it going to nurture compact walkable neighborhoods? Or is it going to do what it has always done -- stand back and watch developers build anything anywhere?

This, America's fourth-largest city and quintessence of Sunbelt sprawl, seems ready to encourage more thoughtful development. No one mentions "zoning," which remains a radioactive word around here. Even "planning" is pushing it.

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