Lean Urbanism is a hot topic in city circles these days. Billed as everything form a savior of failing cities to an economic stimulant for small business, the focus of lean urbanism is to rid cities, districts and neighborhoods of as much red tape as possible in order to provide a more evolved environment for city dwellers.
There are influential champions for lean urbanism across the globe and a new website chronicles work underway to implement the concepts. The site is chalk full of articles, reports and case studies on the subject. The concepts are solid. It is worth a look.