Connor came home from school the other day talking about “smart growth.” Barb, his Mom, a new client of ours thought he was talking about how fast he was growing. Maybe her contribution to his "smart growth" should be to buy his shoes a size too big. But Connor straightened her out right away.
Connor explained that ”Smart Growth” is a term that Asheville and other communities are using to articulate their goal for a relatively compact pattern of development that accommodates a diversity of people, housing types and jobs. "It works well for everybody, and makes efficient use of public investments," he informed her. Connor said he'd be volunteering to help out on a couple of community projects, and invited her to come along. One of the projects involves walkable and bikable neighborhoods.
Down by the River, (see photo) where the railway and warehouses are, a group of people have been working on a portion of a greenway. That particular corridor is protected open space for conservation and recreation.
THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER
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Connor is excited about being a part of the greenways group. There are all ages an "sorts" of folks involved, including a group of ECO Certified Real Estate Consultants. The broad-based citizen participation is a real selling point to Connor, as it is to many of the families who are searching for excellent value in green/sustainable Asheville real estate and then are relocating to Asheville for quality of life, a sense of place and community. Connor's even considering going in to new urbanism as a career. Hands-on experience will serve him well.
Asheville with our "Smart Growth" plan for centrally situated public facilities, efficient and sustainable use of land, natural resources and energy is tied into the preservation of a built-heritage for future generations. This is a very attractive model--one that as REALTORS we are happy to be able to share with our clients. This model is one Connor can take with him.
Hearing Connor’s story makes me smile. As an old school teacher I am excited about teamwork. YAY!...Kids and Grandparents working side by side! Positive Futures! I'm all for that.
As a REALTOR in the Greater Asheville area knowing that “Smart Growth” is an objective of our City Council, I often speak to my real estate investors on how this plan adds value. I point to Connor's project as an example of how design for future reuse and adaptability means the possibility of a strong return on investment. It's great to be part of the Big Picture.
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