The Six Livability Principles
By Andrew Richter
Talk a bout a bad joke……Do you live in a livable community? According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development you must have the following characteristics to be “livable.” Tell me if you haven’t heard this before…….
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities established six livability principles that will act as a foundation for interagency coordination:
1. Provide more transportation choices. Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health.
In other words, get you out of your car and use health or the environment as an excuse. The fewer people who have a car the more high density the housing will have to be and the less freedom we will have.
2. Promote equitable, affordable housing. Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
Is this the job of government? Why cant the free market “provide choices” if there is a demand for them?
3. Enhance economic competitiveness. Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets.
If you want more competition then remove the barriers like excessive taxes, regulation, permits, licenses, fee etc. and let the market pick the winners and losers.
4. Support existing communities. Target federal funding toward existing communities—through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes.
Here it is again; more high density housing and public transit that will change your neighborhood forever. Is this what you want? A one-size-fits-all policy everywhere?
5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment. Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.
In other words, get the decision-making as far away from the local level as possible so the people can’t stop it.
6. Value communities and neighborhoods. Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.
Have we heard that before? It’s just being copied everywhere. Do these people thought
Look for this to be continued to be pushed everywhere including here. The Met Council in promoting it with grant money from the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant;
Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, City Government, Community, County, Crystal, Environment, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Met Council, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Safety, Taxation, Transportation.