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    Published on 10 Nov 2011 6:00 AM
    1. Planning Practice

    By John Cruz

    The Bill of Rights of the New Hampshire Constitution, Article X, reads:

    [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

    They’re not alone. The idea goes back to China’s Zhou Dynasty in 1122BC, and now lives in the founding documents of numerous states across America. With the right to revolt against your government comes the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which gives us the right to free speech, worship, and assembly. People need a place to demonstrate to their elected officials that they are unhappy with their decisions. Given the rising and apparent (as well as sad) rise of “Free Speech Zones“, as planners this becomes more and more critical of a consideration: where should we put public parks and other open spaces? ...
    Published on 07 Nov 2011 6:00 AM
    1. Comprehensive Planning
    2. Housing

    By Rick Brown

    I guess Petula Clark was just 47 years ahead of her time when she sang the 1964 hit song, “Downtown,” because I attended a fascinating forum last night in downtown Lansing on “Downtown Pioneers – The New Environmentalists.” The forum was sponsored by the Michigan Environmental Council and was held at one of my favorite watering holes, Michigan Brewing Company‘s pub. Got to say this was the first planning-related seminar/conference/forum where a pint of beer was given out for free to attendees. Maybe I ought to suggest that idea to the APA to increase attendance at future conferences? : ...
    Published on 04 Nov 2011 6:00 AM
    1. Economic Development
    2. History and Preservation
    3. Land Use and Zoning

    By Alan Bedenko, Brian Castner and Christopher Smith

    The Manifesto of Buffalo’s Regular People

    We are regular people; neither obstructionist nor unnecessarily permissive. We believe that development projects should be reviewed and debated on a case-by-case basis, on their own merits. They shouldn’t be demagogued, lied about, or otherwise treated unfairly.

    We also believe that small cliques of people whose public personae are defined by their opposition to new development don’t speak for the entire community, despite their claims. We believe that we can speak for ourselves and don’t need to have our interests represented by people who perhaps unintentionally advocate for the failed status quo.

    What follows is the manifesto. Live it, learn it, love it. ...
    Published on 30 Jul 2007 6:00 AM
    1. Environment

    By Richard Carson

    Unless you have been living in a cave in Tora Bora, you have read and heard the words “sustainability” and “sustainable development” a lot in the popular media. The words are put before you in magazine articles, television interviews or conference flyers daily.

    So what is “sustainable development” and where did it come from? Did Al Gore invent it? Well, all evidence to the contrary, Al was a little late to the sustainability party. His 1992 book, “Earth in the Balance” and the subsequent Oscar winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” were only about 35 years after the fact. ...
    Published on 20 Nov 2006 6:00 AM
    1. Comprehensive Planning
    2. Land Use and Zoning
    3. Planning Practice

    By Richard Carson

    Every once in a while a state voter initiative catches people's attention, and it takes the center stage nationally. Examples include creating term limits, setting property tax caps, and banning same-sex marriages. The next big trend is all about property rights, and it is well under way in 23 states. ...

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