(Ecocities & Transit Villages)
by Logan Perkins
The Priorities Institute looks far beyond the basic principles of Smart
Growth, New Urbanism & other piece-meal proposals. We need a
long-range livability vision. The pattern of low density sprawl and
single-use zoning should end. Continuous outward growth in Denver,
Colorado Springs & elsewhere is reducing the quality of life for the
entire state. At a minimum the following lands should be preserved ,
never to be paved over:
areas with appropriate carrying capacity, especially with respect
to water availability. This is where new transit villages and
ecocities should be built to absorb new growth.
sustainable, economically self-reliant, and self contained with
respect to cultural and recreational needs.
boundaries, walkability, with a variety of transportation choices
including: light rail, trolleys, smooth paths for biking and
skating, and separated walking and horse paths. Automobiles
should be parked on the outskirts of the community. Roadways within
the city would be open for delivery and service vehicles.
sources, energy efficient designs and appliances, complete recycling facilities,
and reduced dependence on resources from outside the community.
two-way computers in every residence for on-line education, health
information, employment searches, banking, shopping, and direct
and aquaculture should be encouraged.
efficient architectural styles. Residents should be encouraged to work from home.
displaced by gentrification are satisfactorily resettled elsewhere.