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Planning for Tomorrow

12 Jan 2012

This morning I attended the first in a series of speaker events organized around the "Tomorrow Plan". Spearheaded by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (DMAMPO), the Tomorrow Plan seeks to design a coordinated metropolitan strategy for managing the expected population growth over the next 25 years.

Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series - Bill FultonTomorrow Plan Speaker Series - Bill FultonThe headline speaker was former Ventura mayor, Bill Fulton. Fulton now works for Smart Growth America assisting assist state, regional, and local government agencies around the nation with smart growth policies and tools.

All in all, the talk was an interesting if relatively superficial exploration of some of the fundamental issues that necessitate a reexamination of unchecked single-family suburban subdivision construction. He attempted to navigate the waters between advocating for more compact development, and the undeniable political, social and economic inertia driving (so to speak) suburban migration.

Here are some of his key points:

  • Demographic shifts - Baby Boomers and Millennials are the largest population segments, and they are trending away from traditional suburban living (they tend to seek walkable neighborhoods)
  • Sustainable and walkable neighborhoods - According to a National Association of Realtors survey 77% of of people prefer a pedestrian friendly neighborhood, 88% rank quality of the neighborhood higher than home size, and only 12% prefer a neighborhood with houses only
  • Sense of Place in either an "urban" or "village" form is important
  • Current development patterns strain fiscal resources - Low density development rarely pays for itself in terms of initial infrastructure investment or ongoing maintenance
  • Suburban development costs more money to support fewer people - Things like snow removal, elderly transit, and fire fighting are much less cost efficient in low density areas

Sustainability means making sure that a win today doesn't depend on a loss tomorrow.

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Leaving a meeting at the State Historic Preservation Office this morning I was happy to see that preparations are underway for the internationally recognized Hy-Vee Triathlon. It is great to see that after a two-year stint in West Des Moines, organizers decided to return the event to downtown. I am hard pressed top think of a better way to showcase Des Moines and Iowa to an international audience than to run a major sporting event right by the beautiful State Capitol building.

Hy-Vee Triathlon PreparationHy-Vee Triathlon Preparation

Here's hoping for good weather...

Hy-Vee Tri Weather ForecastHy-Vee Tri Weather Forecast

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Due to heavy flooding at Gray's Lake, Hy-Vee Triathlon race officials were forced find an alternate site for the 2008 event. A huge amount of effort went in to logistics and planning to locate an acceptable venue. The event ended up in West Des Moines.

The two-year-old Hy-Vee Triathlon has decided to make the suburban move permanent - starting and ending at Raccoon River Park. According to WHO-TV:

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Cars Can be Cool

03 Sep 2008

East Village Classic Car Show 2008East Village Classic Car Show 2008A couple weekends ago, we hopped over to the East Village to attend the first annual East Village Classic Car Show. The timing wasn't great (the kids are napping between 1 and 3 most afternoons), but they were more than willing to drag themselves out of their beds to see some "Hot Wheels".

An urban, pedestrian-oriented commercial district is the perfect place to host an event such as this.

  • Layering Uses - The street serves double-duty. On a lazy weekend afternoon, when there are not likely to be a lot of through traffic, it is easy to put up the barricades and reclaim the street for pedestrians.
  • Economic Multiplier - Since the retail storefronts are placed right up against the sidewalk, people attending the car show are more likely to pop in to one of the restaurants for a bite to eat or some quick shopping.
  • Mixed Use Accessibility - Residents in the surrounding apartments and condos are more likely to attend events right outside their doors.
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