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Providence 2030: A Vision for a Livable City

What will your city be like in the year 2030?  Over the past nine months I helped lead a group of young business and community leaders in Providence answer that question.  Twenty years in the life of a city is not that much time when I realized that my old neighborhood, the South End, took 40 years to construct.  However, organizations such as Architecture 2030 believe that monumental achievements are possible by that date. As with Ed Mazria, this group in Providence has hope that achieving such a goal in a small span of years is possible. That is if the idea is compelling enough…or visionary.

Here are the key themes of the Providence 2030 vision as one would explain the city in that year. The entire document can be downloaded here.

  1. We continue to grow a vibrant economy.
  2. We support our world renowned culture.
  3. We care for our engaging civic realm.
  4. We celebrate our mobility.
  5. We value and educate our youth.
  6. We are a leader in sustainable practices.

We hope that the Providence 2030 vision is powerful enough to help guide the change that is needed over the next 20 years.  Let me know what you think?  Bonus question: Has your community created a grand vision for its growth and development? If not, shouldn’t it?

A big thanks to the Providence Foundation for supporting the creation of this document.  Since its publication, the Foundation has formally adopted it as the organizations vision.  I hope future posts will talk about projects the Foundation is taking on that will help realize this vision.

A Better (Local) World by Design

The Better World by Design Conference ended a few days ago. The event has had me thinking about how local problems can be solved with better design. It was tremendously inspiring to see what several of the speakers, such as Iqbal Quadir, Aliza Peleg and Cameron Sinclair, are implementing in third world countries. How can we apply similiar techniques to Providence, and, for that matter, to an “over-developed” country?

On Sunday, I was part of a panel on Sustainable Architecture with Jonathan Knowles, Josef Mittlemann and Thomas Gardner. The discussion was quite good. A question kept coming up during the discussion which worth repeating. Why is urbanism not focused on more as a solution to climate change? I am planning on writing some more on this in a future post, stay tuned.