As I noted in in a previous post, I think the 2008 “smart growth” Comprehensive Plan is fiscally smart, too. The economic sustainability aspect of our development pattern is also why I’m a big fan of Strong Towns. The Strong Towns message is getting out all over the place since their Curbside Chat companion booklet was published including:
As small cities struggle, a look at the high cost of low density development (Smart growth network)
How suburban sprawl works like a ponzi scheme (Atlantic Cities)
Paying for past choices: cities struggle with infrastructure (MPR article) and In an era of austerity, MN cities face tough decisions (podcast on MPR with Jim Miller of League of MN Cities).
I’m pleased that Chuck Marohn will be at the Council worksession on Tuesday, 11/29 to give a brief presentation to the Council. I’m hoping my Council colleagues will find his information compelling enough to schedule a full blown Curbside Chat so the entire Northfield community can participate.