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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.

    Regional, cultural and social changes influencing development standards.

    Many urban areas are experiencing a sudden influx of Hispanic immigrants that come from a very different social understanding of sociological norms. Have any communities done anything to adjust their development or code standards for social demographic changes? More so, why do regional standards differ so greatly when the social and cultural demographic may remain the same?
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
    Aug 1997
    Clowns to the left, jokers to the right
    I don't have any first hand knowledge of this, but I have talked to planners in what we call, "The Valley", which is the Rio Grande area of far south and far west Texas. They've told me about having difference rules regarding the relationship commercial and residential property is heavily hispanic and economically disadvantaged areas. Basically, businesses need to be integrated into residential areas because those residents don't have the ability to get around by cars a conveniently as most americans, and in fact children are often sent out to do the shopping for the household alone. Also, additions to residential structures are often permitted where they wouldn't be otherwise because families need to share housing.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Sep 2001
    skating on thin ice
    Saw an interesting session on this item at the recent CIP conference.

    The example they used is the an application for funeral home in a dominantly Asian neighbourhood. It did not go over well due to cultural standards and beliefs (place of death near where you lives = bad idea).

    They also spoke of issues related to the establishment of places of worship and their relationship with the community

    On the second question, just think Shelbyville vs Springfield. Whether places look similar to the passerby as another place there are always differences (shelbyville sucks )
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Oct 2001
    Solano County, California
    Well, richer colors are certainly permeating California-sometimes to the displeasure of our more curmudgeonly old-timers "You are lettin' this city look like Mexico!"

    We had a minor tiff in the unincorporated county with a Sikh temple wanting to locate in a strict Agricultural zone. Lots of loud arguments (they are still there)

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    Cyburbian Trail Nazi's avatar
    Feb 2003
    Encroaching on something
    One of my previous employers started altering how they designed the parks in the regions that had large numbers of immigrants. For example, they started creating walking squares in the area where there was a large Bolivian population. They didn't change their policies only the way they created the parks.

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    Member Wulf9's avatar
    May 2003
    Near the Geysers
    We see a lot of separate activities, with Hispanic activities attended by Hispanics and Anglo activities attended by Anglos. Has anyone had experience in developing cross-cultural activities so you have one city with everyone involved.

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