|Re: Planning cities for Women||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 03:08:11 -0700 (PDT)|
We're lucky here in Washington DC as well: Harriet Tregoning is shaking things up in our fair city by reducing the number of parking spaces required under proposed new zoning laws for new development. The Dept. of Planning under Tregoning is recommending emphasizing alternative transit especially when transit oriented development is possible. The developers love the new proposed rules because less parking reduces costs and saves resources while some city residents are yowling because parking in some neighborhoods is so dear a commodity. What does this mean for housing and cohousing? Less expensive to build housing in our densely development city therefore more "affordable." Also, nicer more walkable neighborhoods as pedestrians and bicyclists will compete with fewer cars. Still, neither Tom's example of Montgomery County nor mine with Washington, DC probably doesn't mitigate Sharon's point that maybe the majority of heads of city planning are still men. I tried a short google search uncovering many women head city planners in major metropolitan cities but not the overall percentage. The car still reigns as a close family member for whom we build its own special private bedroom while allocating a good hunk of our personal and governmental resources to its maintenance. The purposeful separation of the car in cohousing is one of the clearest attributes distinguishing cohousing from other forms of housing development. We are unique overall in housing in the US. After 25+ years ... nice to see the rest of planning/housing, etc. catching up w/ us. :-) Thank you, Katie and Chuck for bringing cohousing to our shores years ago. Best -- Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church VA 703-688-2646 On Sep 21, 2013, at 5:02 PM, Thomas Lofft wrote: > > Sharon wrote: > "Public transportation is still is underfunded compared to car culture. And, > I couldn't find figures on it, but how many women do you know who are city > planners? " > Sharon: > Start looking close to home. The Director of the Montgomery County (MD) > Planning Department is a woman as are about 50% of her staff of 140. > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >
Planning cities for Women Thomas Lofft, September 21 2013
- Re: Planning cities for Women Ann Zabaldo, September 22 2013
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