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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- City planners say there's been a shift in the way people think about development. Instead of emphasizing suburbs and big box stores, there's a new focus on pedestrian-friendly downtowns.

It's called "new urbanism," and it's something city officials in Auburn want to implement, specfically in the New Auburn neighborhood.

"We're starting to realize we've catered to motor vehicles and not really pedestrians, and that's part of the problem," said Eric Cousens, Auburn's Director of Planning and Permitting.

He said New Auburn has become a place where people tend to pass through, instead of spend time.

"Some of the businesses haven't lasted here, that have been here for a long time," said Cousens.

A New Auburn Master Plan, adopted in 2010, lays out ideas for making a more walkable New Auburn.

The city is now in the implementation phase of the planning process, and is holding public meetings to gather input.

The first meeting was Thursday night, and the next meeting is scheduled for July 25.

For more information, check the City of Auburn's website.

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