SMART GROWTH. Sprawl. New Urbanism. Smart growth. I haven't used terms like this in a while. This was common language when I was working with the Central Indiana Regional Citizens League on the Central Indiana "Vision Plan" transportation and land use study a few years ago. Smart growth and new urbanism continue to be critical concepts that are influencing urban planning.
IMPLICATIONS FOR CONGREGATIONS. I am reading a recently-published book that reflects on the concepts of new urbanism in light of congregational life and decision-making. Sidewalks in the Kingdom by Eric O. Jacobsen (Brazos Press, 2004) is a good read. Churches located in urban areas (like the one I serve) would do well to think about the implications of new urbanism and smart growth for ministry and facility development.