When people hear “Smart Growth” apparently they still hear “no growth”.
Smart Growth is about thinking about growth; planning. For example, village, city and regionally instead of parcel-by-parcel. Often difficult decisions will have to be made, but that’s why the more forethought and planning and public participation, the better.
And no, 16% is not enough public participation.
So, when I get a chance I’ll promote some events and thinkers. Here is one that just happened last week Congress for a New Urbanism 22. It’s in the weeds planning stuff, but it’s the stuff that will help to not only rejuvenate our region, but begin, for the first time in many, many years, thinking about how the 7th generation from now will be living.
And Sohum property rights advocates, please. Before you even start. This is not about urban vs rural, this is about urban AND rural. Growing and enhancing the character of each.
Source … Strongtowns.org podcast and Chuck Marohn.