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View Diary: Freiburg, Germany: City of the Future. Part II: How to Build an Eco-Suburb from Scratch (photos) (98 comments)

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  •  Outstanding series! Very relevant to where I live (7+ / 0-)

    My home city, Christchurch in New Zealand, is facing a huge rebuild (particularly of the central business district, but also of some suburbs) over the next decade since so much was destroyed by earthquakes in the last year. The city council has just released its draft rebuild plan, which isn't perfect but looks like it has many big steps in the right direction.

    The community feedback process that preceded the draft plan had some overwhelmingly clear themes dominating the responses: a greener CBD, lower height restrictions, slower traffic, more cycle and pedestrian friendly, better public transport. The draft plan has most of that.

    Of course, it already has attracted vocal "concerns" from the expected quarters: wealthy property developers worried about the effects of building height limits. I hope the obvious majority of public opinion wins out over business lobbying, but as we currently have a center-right majority government with a palpable disdain for democracy here it's still going to be an uphill fight despite the great start provided by the draft plan.

    •  That's great to hear, retrograde (4+ / 0-)

      It'll be interesting to see how the "public vs business" debate works out. I think they key point to make is that these kinds of sustainable developments are ultimately good for business, and often even collaborations between the public and developers can be beneficial to both. Please keep us posted on that process, it sounds like there are some great opportunities for Christchurch.

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