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Wall Street Journal offers glimpse of suburbs’ future?

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 5:41 pm in Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda.

Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk sent out this article from the Wall Street Journal about suburban communities and the ways they are trying to design redesign their downtowns to be more accommodating to seniors and others wishing stay in town but finding it increasingly difficult to do so. Where have we seen this before?

With all three Lamorinda cities somewhere in the process of coming up with downtown plans, it’s a worthwhile read, although opponents of downtown high-density/multi-use development (a la Town Center III) likely will be disappointed that the article doesn’t present too much of a counter-argument to such development proposals.

Still, with the Association of Bay Area Governments projecting that we’ll need to find space for 1.7 million more people in the Bay Area over the next 25 years, the Journal piece may offer a glimpse into the future for East Bay suburbs.

And it’s also worth pointing out that a revised draft Lafayette’s Downtown Strategic Plan is available here for your viewing pleasure. The Planning Commission, Downtown Advisory Committee and City Council will be looking at it in the coming weeks.

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