Smart Growth – Planning

A Time to Sue: Regionalism Challenged

June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Freedom Advocates, 6/5/2013 - The plot to transform the San Francisco Bay Area is largely unknown by the residents living there and overwhelmingly opposed by those who do know. The global boiler plate program called One Bay Area (OBA) or Plan Bay Area will roll out across the nation on a grand scale. OBA involves more than $250,000,000,000 (over a quarter of a trillion dollars). [...]

“Visioning” – Know What You Are Getting Into

September 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

By Center for Intelligent Growth, 9/11/2007 -

Visioning processes, when used for land-use planning can be manipulated through peer and mentor pressure that can influence participants core beliefs. This highly influences the outcome of community consensus meetings.


Bureaucrat Bingo

July 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

By Freedom Advocates, 7/9/2007 - Don't get bored - be creative. Enliven community "consensus" meetings and "visioning" workshops with bureaucrat bingo. Here's a great example!


Neighborhood Councils – They are a Ploy

May 31, 2006 | 0 Comments

By Rauni Armbruster, 5/31/2006 - Many of the attorneys and volunteers dedicating time and energy toward neighborhood improvements actually have ulterior motivations.


Smart Growth Parallels Russian Soviet Planning

November 3, 2005 | 0 Comments

By Freedom Advocates Staff, 11/3/2005 -

"...A new type of living quarters will be developed along the lines of uniting establishments for public use with residential units. This is the trend in many architectural projects represented at the USSR Exhibition of Urban Construction in the spring of 1960..."


Shelf Life: Smart Growth and Walnut Creek

October 31, 2005 | 0 Comments

By Camille Giglio, 10/31/2005 -

Residents of Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County, CA will "age graciously" and or "age in place" with the help of the non-profits, faith based groups, foundations and government health care planners according to a two year long planning process called: "Contra Costa for Every Generation."


New Urbanism: Exactly the Wrong Way to Rebuild After Katrina

October 26, 2005 | 0 Comments

By Michael Park, 10/26/2005 - With the current hurrican season in full bloom and Houston being threatened as I write this (Vern), it may be a good time to take another look at the "New Urbanists" ideas on community planning. The following were Michael Park's thoughts when Katrina hit...

Summary: People without cars were far more likely to have perished in the Katrina disaster than those who could drive away. Mississippi officials want “New Urbanists” to design rebuilt communities without planning for functional automobile use. Who will suffer most?


Sketch of “Smart Growth” Aptos Village Plan

June 28, 2005 | 0 Comments

6/28/2005, Santa Cruz, CA -- County Supervisor, Ellen Pirie released this sketch depicting the Aptos Village Plan. One can see very dense multi-story housing mixed with commercial development right at the edge of the railroad tracks. There is limited parking and residences don't have garages.


Communitarian Communities – Our New Government Housing

April 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

By Nancy Levant, 4/12/2005 - America's new political system, Communitarianism, is up and operating in all 50 states, one new community at a time. These communities comprise of brand new housing, interconnected or very closely clustered single dwellings, nice walkways, not much grass, commons areas, security details...but there is much more to these communities than meets the eye much more.

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