Smart growth mayor brainard - usgbc conference speech 2009 - notes

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Smart growth mayor brainard - usgbc conference speech 2009 - notes

  1. 1. Mayor Brainard USGBC Speech / SMART GROWTH vs: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of a Nation:Sustainable City’s / Solve City Design Issues / Recreate Walkable City’sBy Design: Happy Cars 1 to 5 Mile Grid vs. Happy People Walkable Grid No Connectivity; No Grid; Congestions traffic solution: Widen & More Roads???? Land Capacity vs. Access Capacity / Loss of Quality of Life / Loss of Time / 2 hrs of Traffic per day Bankrupting many Local and State Governments Creates: Abandon Housing / Crime / Historic MeasuresFacts: Average Household Drives 100 miles Per Day Average Lot size = .3 Acre Current rate of expansion in U.S. America = 0 Acres left by 2050 Cost of Transportation / Energy Savings / Drainage Use / Etc. Once upon a time: Corner Stores – Goshen Indiana (Walk to work) Candy Store; Gelato; Bakery; Restaurants; Pharmacy; Coffee = Neighborhoods Auto% of households that have cars: 1895–1905 1920 1930 1950 1960 Today Start of Auto 25% Depression 50% 90% 2.5 cars per household ..Not Sustainable Financially / (COSTS:) Roads = $5.2 Million per 1 Mile + Land + Sewer + Water + Utilities ++++ Costs are hidden to Subsidize Sprawl: Road Out; Fire; Police; Utilities; Schools etc. = $20 Mil. Per Mile / Expense Spent Towards Out Growth Creating the Fiscal Problems of TodaySolutions = “Public & Private Partnership Investments Help Cities Grow” – HudnutSolutions by Design: Urban Growth Boundary’s / Force Public Investment Capital Back into Center Infill / Reconnect to the Center / Public Redevelopment Tool Box: Environmental Clean Up Housing Infrastructure Energy Sustainability Economic DevelopmentSolutions: Better Quality of Life / by Design: City & State Spending $ where they can get return on investment Create better Walkable road systems with in our walkable community Complete the Streets with Multi Modes of transportation Density Done Well – Mixed Use with in our Historic Commercial Nodes Pocket Parks – Reconnect our Neighborhoods our community’s and our people.City’s and Neighborhoods that are walkable are the ones that will succeedDemand Reinvestment into the Center of our most dense locations and community’s vs. Sprawl The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of a Nation Subsidized by the foreign investment

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