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Sustainable Communities – A Transformation of Virginia

December 25, 2010
Donna Holt

As Governor McDonnell’s plans for sustainable development, referred to as “sustainable communities”, continues to gain momentum, it is worthwhile to step back and take a long look at the big picture, painted with a broad brush to reveal what Virginia might look like as his vision for the Commonwealth is more fully implemented over the next 20 years or so.

The picture painted here is based on official documents published by countless government agencies and non-government organizations during the past two decades as public policy for the transformation of our great nation for a “Sustainable America”. These documents were rarely reported in the news, and average working people have no idea what sustainable development really means, and even less knowledge of what is in store for the future. If the vision of sustainable development continues to unfold as it has in the last decade, life in the Commonwealth and the rest of the nation will be quite different in the future. 

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. December 26, 2010 12:50 am

    The first time I heard of that concept was at the University in 1960-70. The idea was to put us all in high rise walking distance from work. In 1975 I came face to face with it right here in what was then semi-rural Palos Verdes Peninsula. We had a councilwoman from N.Y. who was wild about it and a Planner who hung his career hat on it. The result was a civil resistance that got me into political action committee. Redevelopment agencies pupping up around California every where. Small neighbourhood with small privately owned stores were pushed out of business to make room for big chain stores. Our beloved hill could not sustain the weight of those development and the biggest slide area emerged pushing lovely old homes down the hill. The one model development ended up as government subsidized housing because the regular area people with ranches and one acre would not buy them.

    All I can say be very very careful, look at the plan and prepare to fight by making sure you elect the proper City Council.

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