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    Published on 18 Nov 2011 9:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Land Use and Zoning
    2. Transportation
    3. Urban Design
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    by Dom Nozzi

    New urbanists point out that there are several different “lifestyle” choices that members of a community seek out, and that these choices generally correspond to various geographic locations within the community.

    What one finds in a community, generally, is that those seeking a more walkable, compact, higher-density, and sociable lifestyle tend to live in or near the community town center. Others seek a more “drivable” lifestyle which features lower densities, larger setbacks, homes separated from jobs and shops, and shorter buildings. This more spread out development pattern tends to be found in more remote locations.

    Areas, in other words, surrounding the more walkable, compact town center. ...
    Published on 04 Nov 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    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 20 Nov 2006 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    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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