Bulldozing Cities – GOOD.IS

Dan Kildee is the treasurer of Genessee County, Michigan, the county which contains the city of Flint. His recently written a guest post at GOOD.is. He starts his post

The quality of a city is determined by what life is like for the people who live there—not by how many people live there.

So why is my suggestion that my hometown of Flint should shrink—reducing the “built” environment—creating such a stir? Is our American obsession with growth and expansion so pervasive that a community would rather fail at being large than succeed and become a smaller place?

Read the full post at the SOURCE: GOOD 100: Bulldozing Cities

Ohio town is leading the way – Freep.com

Freep.com reports

In Youngstown, Ohio, mini master plans offer residents a peek of what they can expect their neighborhoods to look like in 2010, 2020, 2030 and beyond. The forecast informs some that their houses will not exist in the future.

Youngstown is one of America’s first cities to begin the downsizing process to become a smaller and stronger city. The former steel town has a population of 80,000, a drop from the 170,000 residents the city had four decades ago.

YOUNGTOWN’S PLAN: See the city’s vision for development at http://www.youngstown2010.com

SOURCE: Freep.com | Detroit Free Press | Ohio town is leading the way

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