Monday, September 15, 2008

The Courant's Rick Green's article on Smart Growth

As a Realtor, I can't possibly be against development. It wouldn't make any sense for me to be in this business. I do believe that some developments (including commercial developments) are better planned and executed than others, and that some are downright awful. I also believe that development can be done responsibly, following the ideas of smart growth. A great, GREAT resource for information on this is http://www.smartgrowth.org/

Locally, we have an advocate group for responsible development, 1,000 Friends of Connecticut. I feel their input is important because, among other things, they are encouraging discussions about what the Connecticut of the future will look like.

The Hartford Courant's Rick Green wrote an article on Sept. 11, 2008 discussing 1,000 Friends of Connecticut and their new "smart growth scorecard" that I found interesting. The article can be viewed at: http://www.courant.com/news/local/columnists/hc-rgreen0909.art.artsep09,0,5849117.column

I also feel that those of us who sit back and don't get involved shouldn't be allowed to complain when things don't turn out the way we'd like. I encourage everyone to learn more, attend a planning & zoning meeting in your town once in a while, and find out what's going on, before it's too late. Would you rather have towns full of strip malls and big box stores or planned mixed use, pedestrian-friendly communities, putting existing buildings to use?

Nobel Peace Prize Winner to speak on Global Warming in Portland

Andy Bauer, the Portland Clean Energy Task Force Chair sent me this post last night.

Join the Portland Clean Energy Task Force as we are pleased to host:

Gary Yohe: Stories from the IPCC Global Warming is the overriding environmental threat of our time, and the cost to deal with it gets steeper as we delay action. Hear Portland's own Gary Yohe (co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change) explain the economic details. Q & A to follow the presentation.

When: Tuesday, September 16, 7:00pm
Where: Portland Library, 20 Freestone Ave, Portland, CT 06480
Free and Open to the public.