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Livable Cities for the 21st Century

Could the next stage of livable city design be auto-less? Are we ready to recognize the complete array of problems with our near total automobile dependency? Can we come up with a better model for the world to emulate, one more environmentally sustainable, economically self-sufficient, and civil? The Priorities Institute believes that with the U.S. growing at 2.5 million people per year, there ought to be efforts to create prototype eco-cities with sustainability features and an enhanced quality of life through better design.

Model of Ecocity as displayed at the annual Denver People's Fair

For the new millennium: sustainable regional land use planning with truly exciting designs. Imagine:
 

Renewable Energy Computers in Every Residence Mixed-Use Zoning
Affordable Housing Solar Architecture Recycling Pantries
Cluster & Co-Housing High % Open Space & Parks Xeriscaping/Permaculture
Community Centers Organic & Urban Agriculture Aquaculture
Light Rail & Trolleys Bike, Blade, & Horse Trails No Automobiles!

We promote regional planning with new "eco-cities" surrounded by green belts, interconnected by rail, and with cars parked on the outskirts. With respect to existing and yet to be developed lands, we believe certain lands should never be paved over, including:



We recognize that the population of the United States and other nations is growing and that people must be accommodated somewhere. We are not anti-growth, but are in favor of intelligent & common sense growth. Additionally, it is obvious that most existing cities can benefit from some infill projects and renovation, but there must also be the creation/preservation of neighborhood pocket parks and community gardens. We favor the establishment of urban growth boundaries & green belts to stop monotonous, segregated sprawl. We promote the creation of high speed rail leading outwards from city cores to other new and existing communities, where there is an adequate carrying capacity. The goals are responsible planning and long-term cultural, economic, and environmental health and vitality.




Berkeley, CA Traffic, Sept. 2001

Colorado Planning - Denver Planning - Downtown Denver Planning

Various Architectural Photos -- Livable Cities Newsletters

Fractal Model by Kevin Logan

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"New Urbanism can offer people working all day at computer screens easy opportunities to take a break from technological interfaces. People-filled places and natural habitats would be a short walk away, accessible without a car." By Ellen Dunham-Jones, "New Urbanism as a Counter-Project to Post-Industrialism", Places, Spring 2000, p. 29.

Details on 1999 Roundtable Conference

Recommended Sites:

Environmental News Network www.enn.com

http://www.ecotopia.org/

Carfree City Design: www.carfree.com

www.sprawlwatch.org

www.therainforestsite.com

Global Ecovilage Network: http://www.gaia.org/

Sierra Club: http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/overview/

http://www.wellcommunity.org/

Congress for the New Urbanism: http://www.cnu.org/

New Urbanism: http://www.newurbanism.org

Edward Kinney interesting items: http://www.freewebs.com/kinneyandswarl/portfolio.htm

The World Wide Web Virtual Library - SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:

www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/meta/sustvl.html

Find ideal community/city: www.findyourspot.com

Green Car Club: http://www.nesea.org/greencarclub/

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