Outside magazine has a list of 10 "New American Dream Towns."
When we combed the country for the sweetest innovations and the freshest ideas for making neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play — with tons of green space, easy access to the outdoors, and big-think visions for smarter, more sustainable everyday living — we hit the jackpot. …
To spotlight the new American dream towns, we started with a wish list of criteria: commitment to open space, smart solutions to sprawl and gridlock, can-do community spirit, and an active embrace of the adventurous life. We looked for green design and green-thinking mayors, thriving farmers’ markets and healthy job markets. We found it all — and then some: ten towns that might tempt you to box up your belongings, plus nine more whose bright ideas are well worth stealing. Check out these shining prototypes for what a 21st-century town — what your hometown, perhaps — can be: cleaner, greener, smarter. Better.
Some of the choices are expected (Chicago, Portland, Ore.), but some may surprise you. (They surprised me anyway, particularly given my lifelong hostility toward Salt Lake City.) And don’t miss the short pieces at the end of the package: Smart Urban Ideas parts one, two, and three.