If you didn’t get the chance to attend one of the recent Propel Vallejo General Plan ‘Imagine Future Scenarios’ community workshops, you still have a little time left to have your say.
The Open City Hall conversation continues until next Monday, March 24 (5pm). There are two versions to choose from, one that only asks five minutes of your time and the longer version (15 minutes). Both are great ways for you to share your vision and find out how other Vallejoans would like to see various sections of Vallejo grow and prosper over the next twenty-five years.
If you have never used Open City Hall before, you may be pleasantly surprised how online surveys have matured- –becoming so interesting to read and so easy for you to participate. You can also see the proportion of feedback based on community priorities as well as how other residents think city fund dollars should be allocated towards these priorities.
Can’t think of anything to add to the conversation? Why not spend a few minutes in advance cruising the Net and see how other communities are finding and funding creative ways to advance their priorities. Here are just a few sites that offer interesting perspectives concerning smart growth:
Smart Growth Online
This is a portal that aggregates news and opinions from many sources. Once recently added link, AARP Livable Communities, offers a wealth of articles related to making communities more vibrant, safe and accessible for its older residents. With Vallejo’s senior population slated to increase substantially over the next two decades, this site is especially relevant.
Smart Growth Image Libraries
If images tend to capture your imagination better than print, you may want to browse these libraries that feature ideas related to transportation, active living (bicycling and walking), brownfield redevelopment and urban farming.
This site is both an information and shopping portal for all things ‘smart growth’. Their latest “bike lanes” feature gives an intriguing glimpse of the thinking behind London’s Underline project.
This site offers lots of commentary about new urbanism concepts from an environmental perspective (Hosted by the National Resources Defense Council).
Want to do more browsing around? Use your favorite search engine and pull up lots more information by using such keywords as: Smart growth, sustainable communities, livable communities
P.S. Pinterest devotes can pull up a variety of smart growth-related articles by using such terms as ‘livable communities’.