Andrés Duany Calls For Revamping Public Process

Among other issues tackled by the noted New Urbanist during a recent speech, Duany said that the current form of public engagement is broken because it engages only the immediate neighbors.
September 17, 2009, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Democracy, he said, calls for a random sample. "We are not getting a random sample," he said. "The people we are bringing in are the immediate neighbors, they do not have the community as a whole in mind." The frustration with the process is "distorting everything and causing too many people to drop out."

Instead, to balance the vested interests of the neighbors and the developer, he called for a review committee-a jury-made up of a random sample of people. He said there is a good chance the jury, once educated about the project, will 'come up with the right answer.'"

Thanks to Eric Nusbaum

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Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in Northwest Hub
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