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Ideas to build on. Building Community.

Front porches, once a staple of residential neighborhoods, are rare in today's developments.
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Slide 1 |Bigger is no longer better. In Blueprint Boise, city planners imagined a small-lot, sustainable city unblighted by suburbia’s bloat. Among the 366 pages of tactics and recommendations, an article titled: “12 Step Solution for fighting suburban sprawl.” featuring actionable concepts basic enough to help most any midsize city.  We found many of the concepts pertinent to even small rural towns like Globe-Miami. 
Slide 2 | Big Porch, Small Lawn. “Watering, fertilizing, weeding and mowing [the] mealiest yard takes more time over a year than the average New Yorker spends looking for parking,” wrote Jerry Adler of Newsweek. Lawns aggravate sprawl. Front porches, by contrast, foster neighborly contact. Pictured: A Boise tribute to the city’s pervasive big porch, small lawn Craftsman Bungalow. For more ideas see  12 Step Solution for fighting suburban sprawl. 
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Narrow the Streets

Streets curving and wide are efficient for speeding traffic. Skinnier streets with crosswalks and protruding corners give pedestrians a fighting change. Pictured: Extended street-narrowing “elbowed” corners on Boise’s proposed boulevard from State Street to the river. For more ideas see  12 Step Solution for fighting suburban sprawl. 

Slide 3 |Think Diverse. “Diversity” second only to “small” is Blueprint Boise’s most pervasive buzzword. Planners want a diversity of land use patterns with “diverse neighborhoods,” a “diverse economy” and even citizens of “diverse” ages and occupation on city planning committees. Pictured: Vertical diversity incorporates a mix of uses a single building.For more ideas see  12 Step Solution for fighting suburban sprawl. 
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