06 Jan '12, 1pm

The citizen as expert in sustainable placemaking: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

The citizen as expert in sustainable placemaking: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

The video at the end of this post is a rare and engaging inside peek at two planning workshops in the small, historic city of Belfast (population 6658) and the town of Lincolnville (population 2042), both in Maine. The most eloquent voices in the room are not professional planners but ordinary citizens who care about their community, raising such issues as how their streets function, building facades, walkability, places for seniors and kids, safety, and the like. I really like it as an example of what real folks – not just we enviros and “urban wonks” – care about, as well as what a citizen planning session feels like. The workshops were hosted in October 2011 by the local nonprofit Friends of Midcoast Maine , in partnership with the Orton Family Foundation and The Project for Public Spaces , assisted by Vermont-based planner Paul Dreher . Friends of Midcoast Maine, led b...

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