09 Dec '11, 1pm

Can grassroots planning save what's best of a rapidly suburbanizing community?

Can grassroots planning save what's best of a rapidly suburbanizing community?

Not long ago, Newton, County, Georgia, was classic rural America : a few small towns, some historic buildings, and a lot of farming. But the county has had the good (or bad, depending on your point of view) fortune to be 30 miles from the center of one of the world’s most rapidly expanding cities, Atlanta. And it is smack in the path of the tsunami of suburban sprawl that is emanating outward from the Georgia capital. Consider some facts: in 1990, the county’s population was 41,808. By 2010, it had more than doubled to 99,958. Looking to the future, even under a “low” growth scenario it will grow further to 159,700 by 2030, according to a county planning document ; the more likely scenario puts the 2030 population at just over 200,000. And change conceivably could be even more dramatic than these predictions suggest: a series of excellent articles posted by Ruth Miller on ...

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

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