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Growth Should Include Vision of Sustainability

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Thank you, Style Weekly, for reminding me why I read this publication every week. It was hard not to smile as the article “Neighbors in Waiting” (Cover Story, June 3) predicted the end of sprawling developments in the Richmond region.

At the same time, it's unfortunate that the growth in this county can only be regulated by economic constraints instead of environmental, transportation, utilities and health concerns. I am hopeful for the future of Chesterfield, but the growth in the future, albeit temporarily stalled, must begin to reflect a unified vision of sustainability.
In this vision, an abandoned parking lot is the primary place of new development, a car is one of several transportation options and a farm is a place to grow food and celebrate biodiversity — not fertile soil for a new crop of houses.
Michael Rogers
Intern, Partnership for Smarter Growth

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