Daily Archive: November 10, 2014

Looking at smaller cities from a town planner perspective

An interesting trend has been brewing in the development of cities called shrinking cities. They have unique characteristics that make them unique for creative town planning techniques. They are small industrial areas, where pilot green planning, inclusive planning regional cooperation help support large areas of the economy of the country. The biggest role of planning is to improve or maintain quality of life. When it comes to shrinking cities, their comparison to the traditional large cities gives varied results. For instance, some surveys found that they were areas most likely to have steep growth in employment with others showing they were areas where steep unemployment could hit hardest. Another contradictory statistic has to do with the likelihood of people from minority groups to survive and thrive. These cities showed signs of both faring better and doing worse for people from these groups. Read all about it on this top article.

This interesting trend only points to one important planning aspect for town planners. They must not compare large and small cities in terms of development. Renewal and development plans and strategies for smaller cities must not be viewed as smaller versions of the large city programs. The success of the city and their subsequent renewal plans must never be viewed as growth of a town into city status, but as the continued improvement and development of a smaller city. A planner must be able to recognize the unique importance of the shrinking cities. They provide a niche service and satisfaction that larger cities often cannot. They are often close to the larger cities and therefore present the best of both worlds. They provide access to most amenities in the large city, but offer the intimacy and quite that cannot be found in large cities. Navigate here to check out the top recommended town planners in town.

Strangely, the size of these cities offers their biggest advantage. The local governments are smaller and therefore there is less bureaucracy. This makes it easy to create networks between the pillars of any thriving society; the government, the people, business leaders and non-profit organizations. This flexibility makes them ideal for use as testing labs for big cities. They are the areas where pilot programs are rolled out on a smaller scale. If they work, then they can be adopted in the large cities. The time between getting the planning permit for these ideas and seeing the results is also greatly reduced because of their size. They are also havens for industry entrants in business or the corporate world. There are fewer barriers to business establishment and market domination than in larger cities.

These smaller cities have been developing outside of the smaller cities, but have slowly slipped the attention of everyone in the country. Nobody seems to know or value them outside their own regions, which is both a blessing and curse. Attracting attention means they lose many of the attributes that make them small and attractive in the first place. The fact that not many people know about them means many miss out on the unique opportunities they provide in terms of investment and quality of life. They are a paradoxical developmental trend.