Yup. Want to build a mixed use development like Perkins Rowe?
You are engaged in furthering a communist plot.
Urban Renewal was the central planning concept of "revitalizing" a formerly bustling downtown area. On the surface, not a bad thing...but let's take a look at where this can go wrong. When you live, work, and play within less than a 15 minute walk from any place that you need to go, why do you need a vehicle? A bicycle will be sufficient enough for your needs, and if need be, put a basket on the front of that bike to help you carry a few extra items. If you need to go farther than that, well just simply ride that bike to the closest bus stop, that's why they created the "Bike 'n Bus" program. You don't NEED a dirty, hydrocarbon burning, pollution machine, just ride the bus...and we have to pay more because of the new Carbon Tax that will be implemented in 2013 (FYI).
The most humorous thing about the concept of Sustainable Development is that it was developed by Marxists in the 70's to limit the ability for people to over-achieve. The ironic part is, that in order to fulfill the goal of urban renewal, either the municipality or a private investor will have to build more buildings for people to live in along with more storefronts in those buildings...and that is just going to allow a small percentage to achieve. Thus they created "Public-Private Partnerships"(PPP). Now, when a city needs to build more housing, a public-private partnership is created with a local investor or contractor whereby the city has more control over the program than the private investor has over the project.
Once cities start implementing this "New Urbanism," they will not be able to reverse the damage. Sustainable Development supporters seek to prevent the development in areas by creating new laws. So, once urban renewal takes hold, suburban sprawl will not happen again. The most upsetting thing that I have learned is the implementation of another action: gentrification
This post was edited on 1/10 at 1:36 pm