I have studied David Hall's NewVista "community" in depth. It is a highly organized, socialistic experiment where you hand over all of your money and possessions, live in a very small room, and have no input to the board that runs the community. It does not belong here or anywhere, and his plans are to do it all over the country and world. The people of Vermont are fighting this, as he has bought 1,000 acres around the birthplace of Joseph Smith, and incorrectly claims that it is based on an early idea of Joseph called the "city of Zion plat. I live in the tree streets area of Provo, across from BYU, and his efforts to change that neighborhood and his lack of respect to the rights of our neighbors, as well as the rights of the people of Vermont, are very frightening.
I want our neighborhood's preserved. I know the details of NewVistas and am highly opposed to it. It is a socialized community where you have a very small space to live in and you lose all of your individual rights.
I don't want more dense housing which equals more traffic and wider streets than we already have in this neighborhood. We live here for the family community not the rental community. This community is safe for kids and families alike. I'm afraid that this would change if New Vista got their way.
Hall's project would ruin a historic family neighborhood and replace it with a village that, frankly, no one in this area or with children would want to live in. It does not fit with the culture or feel of Provo, and it does not fit with Provo's general plan.