Now that we can be some what sure that Kerry is going to be running against Bush in November, I would like to pose a question to BOTH candidate.
Where do you stand on Smart Growth, and what will you do to improve Urban Development?
I will admit that I have not done too much searching, but as a extensive group of planers I think that we should have enough of a voice to be able to get these questions answered.. along with other planning questions. I know that currently in Michigan, the governor has this Smart Growth kick going… but I have yet to hear, or see ANY results. No policy shift, no recommendations, and it has done NOTHING for any of the communities. The task for has pick Grand Rapids as a target for the “COOL CITIES” program, but what does that mean? I have tried to find out and have gotten no answers.
(Sorry to anyone in here who is on the committee, and maybe you can give me some of the answers that I am looking for, and how many people do you have on staff that are in the target demographic that you are trying to preserve?)