Carmel Cited as Leader in Urban Growth


June 2013 - Carmel, Indiana was included in a Ford Motors study on the fastest growing trends to look for in 2013. The report titled, Looking Further with Ford: 13 Trends for 2013, stated trend number eight as “The Rise of the Intima-City” and highlighted Carmel on its revitalization of “Old Town.” Better Cities & Towns, a publication that is dedicated to covering smart growth and New Urbanism, also focused on Carmel’s redevelopment and association to the Ford Study in their January/February edition.

Ford found during the study that for the first time in the century, America’s cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs. Consumers are leaving behind the quiet suburban lifestyle for more diversity, opportunity, and culture in the cities. The Intima-City is being created in the larger cities to pull in that small town feel to create intimacy in the big spaces. The suburbs are competing with this new trend by building their own urban town squares to create the feeling of being in a downtown.

Carmel was cited as being a leader of this urban growth with the re-construction of Main Street into the Arts & Design District. Ford went on to state that, “The mayor’s plan is paying off: In 2012, Money magazine ranked Carmel the No. 1 best place to live.”