Creating an EcoDistrict

Imagine a sustainable neighborhood. What would you see? Would it look and feel different than the neighborhood you currently live in or near? Certainly we’d see a lot of choices presented to us through the physical form of the neighborhood that can help to reduce resource use and household costs. However, though a lot of choices in the physical form of the neighborhood is a good and necessary start, it’s of less consequence to those lacking access to those choices because of circumstances, background, broader contextual issues, race, or class. Environments of choice need to characterize our cities, but enhancing access to those choices for all residents is equally, if not more, important. However, expanding access is not easy, and certainly not as easy as making physical changes in buildings and urban form. How does a neighborhood become more “equitable?” What is the scale at which access can be expanded? Who needs to step up? Over what period of time? Though it is easiest to start to envision sustainable neighborhoods and cities in terms of their physical attributes, their form, design and technology, it’s the roles of and for people that ultimately determine whether the characteristics of choice and access are teaming in more sustainable ways for everyone. 

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