A successful rural landscape – working farms and forests, and natural areas that last – is utterly dependent on successful town centers, and vice-versa.
What does it take for a community to become a “festival city” – a place known for its events?
For reasons unknown, the more, err, colorful characters of the public realm seem to find my personal space especially attractive. It's a small price to pay.
Get right with God. Fix your zoning. That’s not something you hear regularly from the pulpit, maybe. But it’s gospel nonetheless. Here’s why:
The heart of the project will be a distinctive new building, plaza and resource center that celebrates diversity and provides opportunity.
What it takes, at the most basic level, to accommodate us, nurture us, and bring us together is a question already answered.
Here’s to the hard work of making the connections within and between our neighbourhoods that make for health and wellness in the long run.
(And if they were, it would not be okay).
Measuring success against impossible ideals rather than achievable goals is one reason why planning efforts fail. So if your community manages to get something done, consider yourself lucky.
"Our smaller cities were once very vibrant urban centers, built at a rewarding human scale, and I believe they will be that way again as events unfold," Crary says.
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