This week’s post is a youtube video of my Florida CNU lightning round presentation on Sarasota 2050.
Florida’s Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) convened last week at New College in Sarasota. CNU is a non-profit organization that works with multi-disciplinary professionals to promote walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. Great information was shared, and the conference provided an opportunity to learn from national thought leaders, including Andres Duany, Victor Dover and John Kohl. In addition, we also heard great presentations from Florida Department of Transportation District Secretary, Billy Hattaway (Mr. Hattaway is Sarasota’s FDOT District Secretary) and the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the conference’s lightning round presentations. Participants spoke on a topic using 20 slides, and speaking no more than 20 seconds per slide. Whew!
My focus was Sarasota 2050, and how neighborhood advocates are opposed to subsidizing a failed development business model: sprawl. Sprawl robs our communities, because the built environment fails to generate enough tax revenue to cover its long term infrastructure costs. Sprawl development also narrows housing choices, homogenizing communities in generic,cookie cutter fashion, instead of providing an array of living choices, from urban to rural.
CONA objections to Sarasota County’s intent to weaken 2050 standards are summarized in less than 7 minutes. Please take a look!