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Fabulous Letter to the Editor from South Main Homeowner

by August 29, 2012 » Add more comments.
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This letter from South Main homeowner Rosemary Waldorf  appeared on August 16th, 2012 in the Chaffee County Times. The full letter is published here with Rosemary’s permission as Times content is no longer available to the pubic without a subscription. Since the late 1980s, my husband Gary and I have crossed the U.S. to vacation [...] Read more »

The Evolving American Dream

by June 20, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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The American Dream: Phase II in the New York Times is yet another sign that a second option for new development – compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods – is taking hold. It is great to see New Urbanism in the mainstream media. “Everything in our culture today reinforces this idea of home as castle (or fortress) [...] Read more »

Buena Vista Seeks New Planner

by May 17, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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Calling all Urbanists! After the recent resignation of Town Planner Michael Yerman, the Town of Buena Vista is currently seeking applications for Community Development Director and will be accepting applications until June 8th. With the recent approval by voters of a $3 million bond to fund street improvements and continued support for multi-modal street improvements, this [...] Read more »

Buena Vista’s Hwy 24 Needs a Road Diet

by March 15, 2012 » Add the second comment.
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“A road diet is one of the most cost-efficient ways to improve a roadway. You can do a mile of roadway for about $50,000, which is the cost of one sidewalk bulb-out, or to compare, a traffic signal could cost $300,000 or $400,000 -Mike Sallaberry, Transportation Engineer, San Francisco MTA “A road diet is [...] Read more »

Death of the Fringe Suburb

by December 9, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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“It was predominantly the collapse of the car-dependent suburban fringe that caused the mortgage collapse… Simply put, there has been a profound structural shift — a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered.” So says Christopher B. Leinberger [...] Read more »

My Street Makes Me Happy

by July 8, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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I’m in a hurry to finish this post cause I have an impromptu community picnic in the park to make it to. I’ll be wheeling the barbecue, table and chairs over to enjoy some quality time with my neighbors while my kids tear around with their little friends from across the alley. I’m a lucky [...] Read more »

Why We Dug the Smart Growth in Small Towns Workshop

by April 12, 2011 » Add more comments.
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“We have finally uncoupled VMT  (Vehicle Miles Traveled) growth from GDP growth in the U.S., largely because Millenials don’t want to drive.” That was one of the fascinating tidbits which I took from the Smart Growth in Small Towns and Rural Communities Workshop that Katie and I checked out Friday in Salida. Here’s another one: [...] Read more »

Why Urbanism Matters- South Main & Sustainability Part 2

by February 25, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Good urbanism has a hard time competing with solar panels and wind turbines as a symbol of sustainability. So it often takes one of those light bulb moments to realize the truth about Urbanism: it’s probably the most comprehensive way we can address climate change in this country.

Why Traditional Neighborhoods Are Timeless

by February 15, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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This video of Vince Graham, the founder of I’on, an excellent TND in South Carolina, is a presentation he gave last December to the homeowners of the neighborhood. He beautifully articulates the fundamental and timeless qualities that traditional neighborhoods have. His project has been a model to emulate for us all. [...] Read more »

Does Beauty Drive Economic Growth?

by December 9, 2010 » Add more comments.
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Everyone knows that stuff like quality jobs and schools are the main reason people choose to live where they do, right? Wrong, suggests a recent study by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. “Surprisingly, social offerings, openness, and beauty are far more important than peoples’ perceptions of the economy, jobs, or basic services in creating a [...] Read more »

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