Constructing the Ideal Urban Neighborhood

New Haven's process of handpicking families for the Court Street redevelopment demonstrates the aspiration of that era: the ideal neighborhood housed middle-class working families, primarily white but also somewhat racially integrated, and whose architecture borrowed from suburban, pastoral ideals: small streets, few cars, wide sidewalks and close-knit neighborhoods. It's hard to argue that neighborhoods like this could have grown organically without artificial intervention, and this posits a question: to what extents is this distinctly American ideal of urban utopia constructed reality or even achievable without external pressures?