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Should you be so inclined to journey to middle America and pay me a visit in
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There are numerous case studies published analyzing various methods that similar sized small towns have, to varying degrees of success, enabled exactly what I’m proposing. A curious trend I’m noting, however, in analysis of these case studies are their seemingly contradictory information as to what works and what doesn’t work. If brilliant planner A says “X emphatically works, but Y is just a silly notion”, then conversely brilliant planner B methodically details how “Y is the answer, and X never works”, how then am I to synthesize that?
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I propose then, rather surprisingly to myself even, that it isn’t the downtown area itself that needs correcting – all of the pieces for a successful downtown are already in place, and nothing I can inject there can realistically affect any change. The answer, rather, lies in rethinking our entire concept of town and development, of auto-mobility, of cluster zoning, of setbacks, of parking, and the creation of destination centers. In order to revive the downtown back to its glory of bustling activity – of people lined streets, with variety of goods, services, and entertainment within a ½ to 1 mile zone – we must inject that model throughout the entire community. The downtown cannot be successful as a single stand alone anomaly anymore, we have evolved too far from that model. However, if the preservation and promotion of old downtown is indeed a noble cause, then we must step back, reset our thinking, and look at what got us to this point.
…times up….Edit: With a mere 2 weeks and 2 days yet to go, and the seemingly insurmountable pile of deadlines staring us all in the face - I thought I'd link this up from YouTube for a bit of inspiration.
My favorite scene, from one of my favorite movies "Any Given Sunday"
Warning - There are a couple F-bombs in here - after all it is Pacino. But I encourage everyone to take 4 minutes and 32 seconds from their lives and give it a watch.
Dedicated to each of you who have made this an truly unforgettable experience....and Herb you are my Coach D'Amato
Pacino Peace by Inches Speech