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Urban Planning

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Petition to Suzanne Blundi, Daniel Greiner, James McCartney, Dr. Frederic Weiss, John Lewis

Save Edgewood Village History

The village of Edgewood in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA is listed on the National Register. Despite that designation a number of historic homes within the village have been demolished over the years. Two more are currently endangered. Built in 1796, "The Tailor House" was home to one of Bucks County's earliest free black residents, a former slave and successful entrepreneur named Ishmael. The enduring presence of this home, 225 years since its construction, provides tangible evidence of the foundations of Black History, not only in Bucks County, but in America. "Carriage Crest" was built in the 1800's. The century-old clapboard home is one of  few remaining in historic Edgewood Village that were associated with Heacock Greenhouses. It was home to Danny Quill, one of Bucks County's most renowned and decorated World War II veterans, a tireless veteran's advocate and community benefactor who was recognized by President Barack Obama for his service to our country. Carriage Crest's proximity within walking distance of Veterans Square and the historic Woodside Chapel make it ideal for a use that supports the remembrance of those who served in our military.  We hold Lower Makefield Township elected officials and the property owner mutually responsible for the ongoing degradation of these important homes.  Once our meaningful historic sites are gone they can never be recovered. The community expects appropriate preservation and use for these historic homes.      

Concerned Citizens for the preservation of Edgewood Village.
2,392 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to

Reduce Euclidean Zoning in Maryland: Prioritize People, Not Cars!

If you do not know already, Euclidean zoning is the separation of residential zones from commercial zones by several miles. In effect, this makes cities/towns require cars and are always unsafe or unfriendly for pedestrians. WHY are we building cities for cars and not the people who live in them?There is zero good argument for why we should make sure every U.S. citizen goes into tens of thousands of dollars of debt early on in life just to participate in society. Disadvantages of car-centric zoning: Gaining of Debt early in life just to get around High-cost housing Higher taxes, roads are hard to maintain on large scale A feeling of entrapment in your neighborhoods that are extremely separated Less space for housing Increased homelessness  High cost for cities and states that need to maintain roads Decreased air Quality Increase in noise pollution, contributes to stress Increased crime Increased pollution into the Chesapeake Separation of schools and pedestrians leading to unsafe roads surrounding schools Expensive gas Decreased happiness Urban Sprawl TRAFFIC States loses money subsidizing roads Promotion of predatory Oil industry Less overall small business Black and low-income communities are HEAVILY affected. UNSAFE STROADS     Advantages of mixed-use/non-Euclidean zoning with promotion of pedestrian and cycling traffic: Promotes small business More affordable housing States make more money Less noise pollution Improves overall happiness Higher air quality Kids gain more independence by walking or biking to school Less water pollution Less need to go into debt to buy a car Decreased crime Potential for lower taxes Increased state revenue allowing for large community projects Less traffic, which actually IMPROVES driving Decreased Homelessness and Food-Insecurity Higher population density but at the same time quieter streets Reduced Traffic Less noise pollution and thus less stress Prettier Cities Increased access to essential services such as hospitals Fantastic public transport by streetcars, trains, and busses.     Common arguments: “I don’t want to live next to large parking lots”Parking lots wont really be necessary when services are so easy to access by foot or cycling. Plus, we can build underground parking and better public transport. “Business can play loud music and have big neon lights, that will keep everyone awake at night”This is actually an extremely easy thing to include in our zoning code and laws! “I like cars”I think cars have their uses and are a fantastic bit of modern engineering. I just don’t believe that we should force everyone to buy one just to participate in living. “I like my single-family house”I am not advocating for a ban on the idea of Single-family detached housing. I think they can be great, but why should that be the only thing we build. Also, why should those neighborhoods be separated from necessary and essential services like grocery stores and school. “Wont this be expensive!?!”The current suburbia is much, much more expensive to build and maintain than communities of non-Euclidean style zoning. We can build/zone new areas in a much better way that will overall reduce cost. “Wont this take a long time?”Yes, it is expected, but wouldn’t you want your children and grandchildren to live in a much better place. “Will they tear apart our existing neighborhoods?!”The hope is that we play this smart, and we create new, non-Euclidean zoned towns and cities. After a long enough period, we can move on to fixing existing, outdated infrastructure. I do not advocate for the destruction of homes.   Final notes: Building pedestrian and Cycling infrastructure is crucial in the further development of this state and nation. If we don’t act fast, we will be stuck in a further worsened suburbia. Reducing the sizes of roads, increasing the amount of protected bike lanes and bike parking, increasing protected sidewalks, reducing speed limits, increasing greenery in cities, improvement to public transit, and overall improved traffic laws which speed things up for both drivers and pedestrians are all actions we can take with just the click of a pen. Thank you for reading, I greatly appreciate you making it this far. Resources: Not just bikes explains massive pitfalls of North American city design while comparing it to places like Amsterdam. Stroad definition Problems with current trains How suburbia is subsidized How we do speed limits wrong How to build a cycling city (quickly) Origins of R1 and how bad the suburbs are Zoning in MD (Map) (note, "medium residential" is still R1)  

Benjamin Austin
143 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Anchorage Assembly

Convert the BP Exploration Building into Housing to Relieve the Anchorage Housing Shortage

When it comes to housing in Anchorage, there is a surplus of demand, but a deficit of supply. "Popp said there were just under 400 housing units listed for sale in Anchorage at the end of October. But those which are listed are being purchased at a fast rate... Additionally, Popp says that apartments are experiencing a low vacancy rate on top of escalating rent prices. He said some of the larger landlords are seeing around a 2% vacancy rate." (Fernandez, 2021) With such low vacancy rates, paired with limited units being available, the idea of converting the mostly vacant building into a hotel or office space seems inexpedient. Alaska's tourism may be increasing, but how can the demand for staff be satisfied when there is a lack of workers? Where do they expect these workers to stay if there's no housing available? As stated by Midtown Anchorage Assembly member Meg Zaletel, the apartments would help with the current housing crisis; however, the cost of the units could possibly be on the higher side. (DeMarban, 2022) With the asset of offering possibly the best views in the city, it may draw in tenants from more affordable properties who are willing to take on a more expensive lease for said views. As a result, this would increase the low vacancy rates to something more reasonable. Additionally, there is potential to convert the building into micro-apartments or small studios. This would give single individuals or couples a low-maintenance place to live while paying lower rent and fees. Micro-apartments are becoming a popular choice for young professionals (2022). While not the same size as major cities like Los Angeles and New York City, Anchorage has one of the highest costs of living in the country. Surely, these affordable and efficient living spaces would help draw in a younger generation of workers. --- Sources: Fernandez, Georgina. (Nov. 22, 2021). Advocates say Anchorage’s housing shortage contributes to the number of people experiencing homelessness.     Alaska's News Source. URL. DeMarban, Alex. (April 20, 2022). Once a symbol of ‘growth and prosperity,’ the mostly empty former BP building in Anchorage remains in limbo.     Anchorage Daily News. URL. Bungalow Team. (February 1, 2022). Micro-apartments: Just how tiny are they?    Bungalow. URL.

Noah Strohm
92 supporters