Growing a Sustainable Neighborhood

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What if...neighbors got together and began to find ways to help their neighborhood grow in more sustainable ways. What if ... they had fun doing it.

A page full of ideas and actions could result.

Foundational Ideas

  • Wholeness of Place describes how to evolve place so it's wholeness is enhanced not destroyed. It calls us to first understand what makes a place whole. What is is fundamental relational structure?
  • Introduction] to the foundational views of neighborhood (i.e what kind of system are we trying to grow?)
    • Jane Jacobs offers in her chapter "The Kind of Problem a City Is" that it is a "organized complex" system requiring a deeper systems understanding before any changes are made.
      • Jacob's recommends ... "In the case of understanding cities, I think the most important habits of thought are these:
        • To think about processes;
        • To work inductively, reasoning from particulars to the general, rather than the reverse;
        • To seek for "unaverage" clues involving very small quantities, which reveal the way larger and more "average" quantities are operating.
    • Christopher Alexander says that a "City is not a Tree" (i.e. a hierarchical tree...but instead a "semi lattice" where there are many relationships that follow no "fixed" relationships.
    • They both argue that a healthy city has a high concentrations of intersections/relationships both vertically (diversity) and horizontally (density) that are grown in patterns where they are harmonious with each other and the space around them. They are the result of many minds, actions and accidents.