COMMUNITY DISCUSSION GUIDE
There are a wide range of structural changes our communities are facing – an aging population, rising energy costs, population increase, an obesity epidemic - which demand that we pay close attention to the way our communities are built. As we make decisions of how our communities should grow, there are a number of basic questions we all should be discussing to ensure that these decisions responsibly balance current concerns and long term needs and take into account major changes that are occurring in the world around us. If we do this, our cities can become more resilient, healthy places. Questions from our Community Discussion Guide below:
1. How can we plan our city to better meet the needs & preferences of an aging population?
2. How can we meet the demand from young adults for walkable, urban neighborhoods?
3. How can we utilize city planning to address the public health crisis in our cities?
4. How can we ensure that local businesses can to attract a talented, diverse workforce?
5. How can we plan our communities to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions as we grow?
6. How can we plan our city to increase the convenience & cost-effectiveness of public transit?
7. How can we ensure our housing meets the needs of current and future residents?
8. How can we ensure that all community members have access to healthy, locally grown food?
9. How can we ensure sure that new development pays fair wages to local workers?
10. What obligations do we have to others and to future generations as we plan our communities?
How you can become involved in discussing important questions and making them part of the dialogue and decision making process in your community.
The more we discuss these questions, the more likely it is that we will make informed, responsible decisions about our community’s future.