kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: On Transit in Suburbia, Neighborhood Schools, Climate Change, and Artist Organizers

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. Transit in the New SuburbiaDublin, Ohio, … has rezoned 1,100 acres to create the Bridge Street District, a cutting-edge plan for a dense, mixed-use urban environment, including a $14 million pedestrian bridge…. residents could have access to everything they need without a car.

2. The Death of Neighborhood Schools?The campus model is a burden on our system: built on an inhuman scale, unwalkable by design, with a disregard to long-term operational costs and devaluing our existing neighborhoods.

3. Is a Micro-Utopia Possible?: The ideal city is one in which we could live happy amongst green spaces, conscious of our environment and our own presence within the city. It is a place of fun and culture, where our public spaces are made to connect and inspire us to act as communities.

4. Community Planning & Design and the Impact on Climate Change: Another way to shorten driving trips and substitute walking for driving in more cases is to locate the places where we go to school, worship, shop, dine, take our dry cleaning, and so on closer to each other and to the places where we live.

5. On Artist OrganizersThere’s now a critical mass of artists who want to make an impact in the world.

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