Registered: Jan 2002
Land use strategies for minority communities, women and seniors???
Thanks to everyone who reads and replys to this message.
I am looking for land use strategies for inclusion in our NEW Comprehensive Plan for minority communities, women and seniors. I am specifically looking for non-programatic strategies, items that would encourage greater quality of life assets for the above groups and can aid in how and where they may work, shop, recreate, live and seek critical services.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
2002-01-16 2:09 PM
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Orlando, Florida
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OK, the post has been copied and placed in a different area for debate. If I read Dan correctly he is worried that answers to the request posed by Wollongong would turn in to a debate on the practice of separating groups out for special attention in our land use planning processes.
Why don’t I go first? I don’t necessary agree with treating people differently because of the characteristics of their birth. However even I, a grumpy old conservative, can recognize that certain classes of citizens have not only been underserved, but have been downright run over by the planning process, among others, in the past. I also recognize that certain areas have an ethic, religious or other character about them. For instance a China Town, an Irish Catholic neighborhood and even a Fillmore District and so on… But here is where you have to stand up and chooses a side. Do you foster these separations by allowing certain activities that are not good for anyone just because a group wants them? You’ll end up having different standards for every group that declares itself to be in someway different. Or do you commit to the concept of we are all humans and are all equal until proven otherwise?
My belief is this: Plan for everyone. Treat everyone as a human being worthy of your best and the community’s best. When you start separating people out and telling them that you think they are different – you institutionalize discrimination - and that is never right. It is the harder path to a better future – but ultimately the only one that will work.
The ADA is good example of this in practice. It says we recognize that some of our people are disabled. So we are going to make an effort to make all places accessible. (Some more successful than others) We are not going to put up a separate – but accessible city hall, library or church. We are going to include you in all walks of the community’s life. The ADA works on this principle and I believe it is the right thing to do. The ADA was in part brought to you by a grumpy old conservative by the name of Bob Dole.