Urban Planning & Collaborative Development

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Urban Planning & Collaborative Development

We like to draw boundaries around our cities and towns and govern our own affairs. But certain issues have an annoying way of showing just how arbitrary those borders are. Challenges related to land and water use, infrastructure, transportation, taxation and environmental impact don’t always respect maps, and real solutions call for partnerships and compromises between neighboring municipalities, counties, and even states. Like the proverbial thread on the sweater, one problem is often tangled up with others, and discussions can get complicated quickly as competing interests collide. But local and state officials owe it to their constituents to keep searching for the elusive third way — or fourth or fifth or sixth, if necessary. Smart regional planning and sustainable development demand it.

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Created On: 01/14/2011

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James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia

Sean Bender – In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. This presentation, from TED, is Kunstler at his best, and is a must-see for anyone interested in improving the physical character and shape of their community.

James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia

Sean Bender – In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. This presentation, from TED, is Kunstler at his best, and is a must-see for anyone interested in improving the physical character and shape of their community.

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Dan Moulthrop – Radio show airing 2/12/11. Citizens respond to the idea of collaborative planning and resource sharing; Cindy Lombardo on the shared resource that is the library; Lia Lockert brings new voices; Luke on the couch.

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Dan Moulthrop – Civic Commons 2/5/2011 radio show focuses on the tax base sharing ideas advocated by Regional Prosperity Initiative. We interview Hudson Mayor Bill Currin and hear from Lakewood resident Don Pawlowski.

CSU Presentation - Jason Segedy (Office 2000 compatible).ppt

Jason Segedy – You may be interested in a presentation that I have prepared discussing collaborative regional planning and the soon-to-be-launched Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities initiative.

RPI - June 2010 Report .pdf

Jason Russell – Regional Prosperity Initiative June 2010 Report

Where is the revenue to fix the infrastructure?

Jason Russell – First suburbs are facing increased rehabilitation costs and declining revenues.

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