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James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
12/3/2012 3:13:19 PM
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Re: "In dreams begin responsibilities"
What wise words Mary!  Our political strife, a monster of our own making is indeed a roadblock to change and change for the better.  These political committees and sub committees while meant for good are all so often in conflict with the voters and with advancement of an idea.  Here is San Diego, we are often impeded by the "Enviornmental Protection Agency", which just relented and gave the go ahead for a sea water to fresh water desaliination plant in Carlsbad, which although it will provide only a fraction of our freshwater needs, it is a step in the right direction, at least currently.  Climate change has brought a drought upon us and the growing population in the west has already put a drain upon our dwindling H2O resources.  Yet with miles and miles of coastline we have been unable till now to actually capture the availabe resources and convert it to a product of our needs.

Peter_Newton
Peter_Newton  
11/26/2012 5:52:34 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Urban visions
Great post! There's something fundamental in how a city can plan and act on issues like carbon, when a government of a country often can't, and perhaps amongst other factors it is because a city can create a 'place specific' vision of the future, a vision that is connected to real, identifiable physical change? Perhaps the breakthrough in global carbon talks will happen when city governors meet and forget about their national interests?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/26/2012 1:28:25 PM
User Rank Staff
"In dreams begin responsibilities"
Thanks for an inspiring post, Timothy. A write once said that dreams led to responsibilities, and I agree. It's great to have utopian visions, if they spur action toward a better plan.

Perhaps if more people imagined a world without the political strife that's holding up progress, change might just get a foothold.

Timothy Dixon
Timothy Dixon  
11/26/2012 3:05:42 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Long Range Planning
Thank you for your comments. I think all of the comments so far are driving at the point that often short-term political expediency can prevent longer-term environmental progress. We can't allow that to happen if we are going to meet our carbon reduction targets, and that's why city visions are so important. Unfortunately the UK government seems to have forgotten it should be incorporating a 2030 target in decarbonising its energy supplies--a policy oversight that will have long term consequences for the planning and investment that is needed for renewable energy.

Hazel
Hazel  
11/26/2012 2:07:40 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Long Range Planning
I agree that long-term planning is key to achieving something that is as close as it can get to a 'Utopic' city. The way politics works sometimes is unfortunate. Sometimes, officials should get it into their heads that they aren't elected into office to do what they want and hold whatever grudges they might've formed during the elections.

So stick to the plan and carry it out. If the plan doesn't exist then one should be written!

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/24/2012 7:43:39 PM
User Rank Burgher
Long Range Planning
Thank you for this post....it is very important that a City has long range planning (2050).  Just because Political Representation changes does not mean that a common long range goal cannot be set, attained and maintain!  Pats on the back to Cities with long range plans that benefit there residents!!!!!!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/24/2012 1:08:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Changes at the local level
Thank you for an inspiring post, Tim. It's great to read about examples of cities that are imagining "utopic" futures for themselves, as these will be the cities that serve as models for the rest of the world. In the US, climate change is, unfortunately, a political issue, which keeps us from making progress as a nation. However, as with Copenhagen, the cities themselves can set goals for carbon-neutral futures, and eventually serve as an example for the nation. I know that New York's PlaNYC is working toward the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent. If we can do this in New York, I think we will serve as a great example for other dense cities.

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