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Affordable And Efficient Communities for 2013

Just getting started here, so I hope you’ll give me time to set my voice and you will tune in to provide a thoughtful dialogue. Like many of you, I am an urban planner with a distinguished background. My current emphasis is on new community development that will begin to emerge in the United States by 2013. Over the past two years, I was lucky enough to have a patron who sent me all over the world to see and record the best places, and meet with experts in energy efficiency, health care delivery, workplace transformation, learning and transportation demand reduction.

Rick Abelson | January 18, 2009, 3pm PST
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Just getting started here, so I hope you'll give me time to set my voice and you will tune in to provide a thoughtful dialogue. Like many of you, I am an urban planner with a distinguished background. My current emphasis is on new community development that will begin to emerge in the United States by 2013. Over the past two years, I was lucky enough to have a patron who sent me all over the world to see and record the best places, and meet with experts in energy efficiency, health care delivery, workplace transformation, learning and transportation demand reduction. Money was not an object and being pretty resourceful, I was only limited by my own research, access and imagination. My goal was to collect relevant information and form strategic relationships with global companies interested in building seven new communities in Texas and New Mexico that would truly enable families to lead better lives. In summary, I learned three important lessons:

  1. Complexity Theory - All our problems are interrelated and if industries stay within their own silos of expertise then change becomes difficult, if not impossible.  By intertwining, innovation and efficiencies emerge almost immediately.
  2. Practically all of the products and services that we need to build sustainable communities already exist today - and are affordable, if implemented on a community scale.
  3. The United States is not the leader in new community development compared to England, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Japan and Korea.
                 

Therefore, my blog is about sharing what I learned. Throughout, I kept a journal from which I will remember my experiences and blog from. I am hoping to learn more from you along the way, to exchange ideas and discuss how to build better communities for people to live, work and stay healthy.

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