16 Apr '12, 12pm

How to empower communities to shape development they want: #urbanism

How to empower communities to shape development they want: #urbanism

If you’re in the business of trying to make communities better, and supporting great, green revitalization that will strengthen central cities, you know only too well how change can frighten current residents. Not entirely without reason, people fear development, especially when someone new shows up with an idea. Heck, a friend of mine is having trouble beating back opposition to a nice pizza place in a vacant commercial property in his neighborhood. It can be hard to stay optimistic when even pizza is controversial. There may be something very human – maybe even Darwinian – about our tendency to resist ideas that come from, you know, other people . (I guarantee that if the idea for universal health care based on all citizens buying health insurance had come from within the Republican Party rather than from the Dems, Republicans wouldn’t oppose it so strongly. Oh wait . . ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/want_to_build...

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