By Kevin Klinkenberg
Planners in the State of Michigan are quickly moving to the forefront of progressive planning initiatives. In response to a statewide economic crisis, planners and municipal leaders are embracing place-making as a mechanism to achieve a future sustainable economy. As a faculty member at a Form-Based Codes Institute training this week, I [...]
The downtown is surrounded on all sides by an incoherent network of strip malls and subdivisions connected by mostly unwalkable roads. This is not an accident, and it is not just the invisible hand of the market at work. It reflects political decisions to zone residential and commercial space separately, to require that every new house have a parking space but not necessarily a sidewalk, and to build at low densities. In fact, without rezoning, it would be illegal to build the beloved downtown in Leesburg today.
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