Lee, if what you mean is that we should begin to articulate what we want rather than admonish what we don't, I offer you two recent examples of that -- "smart growth" and "New Urbanism". Neither seems to have completely captured the nation's fancy, even though there are supporters.Originally posted by Lee Nellis
I think anyone who pays attention to planners and planning knows generally what we are for. What they don't know is that we often see the consequences and effects from what we are against. Example -- the recent mudslides in California. It was certainly a tragedy resulting from tons of rain in a part of the world ill-equipped to handle it. But we know there are mudslides in California every winter. Why were homes built just feet from steep hills?
Planners may always sound like naysayers, but we still need to point out the consequences of our development actions. And if our "sprawling" actions lead to bad consequences, we need to say it.