Wednesday, February 2, 2005

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.

Learn about New Urbanism.

Explore an online interactive model of New Urbanism.

Learn about Smart Growth.

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