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The importance of *place* to #sustainability: #urbanplanning #smartgrowth #urbanism #publicspaces

The importance of *place* to #sustainability: #urbanplanning #smartgrowth #urbanism #publicspaces

I find that I am almost always thinking about the quality of places. Hanging out with the likes of David Dixon , Victor Dover , and Steve Mouzon will do that to you. And I am especially thinking about places - as a concept - this week, because on Friday I was told that a presentation on NRDC’s sustainable communities agenda is actually due on July 18, not July 26 as I had been thinking and planning. Yikes. So I need to get my act together, because this is an important audience: my NRDC colleagues. A friendly but seriously demanding bunch, to a person. To me advocacy for sustainable communities is fundamentally about place: advocacy for environmental solutions in the human environments where we live, work and play. Now there’s a certain ambiguity in that concept, which is helpful when one is describing a diverse if strong agenda being carried out by staff in five US cities ...

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