Breaking Barriers With Legos

Urban planner James Rojas takes his public participation concept to Avondale, Arizona, encouraging people to be part of the urban design process through pipe cleaners, Legos and Tinkertoys.

Participating Avondale residents came up with competing visions that emphasized the aspects of their community that they'd like to see encouraged.

Aurora Gonzales, for instance, designed the town to be "heavy on relaxation, giving people a place to gather, to talk and reminisce. She feels it is the direction Old Town is heading," writes reporter David Madrid.

Others wanted to see small businesses encouraged, or a focus on education.

Full Story: Avondale residents, business owners join to create ideal communities


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