1. Loved the post (as usual) and I was excited to see my city, Provo, in the first images. We’re definitely a city struggling with many of these issues.

    • PlaceMakers says

      Thanks, Jim. Something that may interest you: Nathan Norris, the author of this piece, is literally en route to Provo this afternoon. He will be speaking tomorrow, Tuesday the 27th, at the Utah County Association of Realtors in Ogden. You’re welcome to attend. Contact Nathan directly for further details.

  2. Another thing to think about is transplantation. If you identify a good model and it doesn’t fit, it’s a bit like transplanting a sun-loving plant into the shade. You have to identify all the inputs that make it thrive, and still keep an eye open for some that you might not have thought of: things analogous to soil chemistry.

    • Nathan Norris says

      Bruce, I agree that this is another important component to this step of placemaking; i.e., selecting a model that is a good fit. Nonetheless, my observation is that it is much more common for communities placemaking efforts to be undermined by the absence of a model than the choice of the wrong model. You live in a city with a rich placemaking history. Do community leaders there currently identify other places as models for emulation?

  3. Ric Hartman says

    This is another excellent post and hits home to something our Town Attorney has been repeating for years; before amending the comp plan and LDRs, come to a consensus on what you want the town to look like. The best way to make that happen is to find a place or places that you want to emulate. Then write the regulations to make that happen. Much easier to paint by numbers than on a blank canvas.

  4. Matt Foster says

    In Taos the conversation is more often about the model community we DO NOT want to emulate. Places like Espanola, Albuquerque, and some areas of sprawling Santa Fe. It is not as productive but still informative.

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