Category Archives: Farms

The Comprehensive Plan’s Economic Element

Jon Quitslund Thinking about what can be done to improve the Economic element in our Comprehensive Plan has been intimidating.  I’ve been up against the limits of my own understanding of the subject, and also aware that there are limits … Continue reading

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Comp Plan Update: Working on the Environmental Element

Jon Quitslund In recent weeks, Joni Mitchell’s catchy lyrics have been running in a loop at the back of my mind: “how it always seems to go / you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone.”  Doesn’t that just … Continue reading

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The Update: What’s Happening in July

Jon Quitslund Here’s another sketchy account of developments in the month ahead pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan.  There will be two Planning Commission meetings, on the 9th and the 23rd, and two Workshops for public comment: on the Environmental element, … Continue reading

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Transfer of Development Rights in the Comp Plan Update

Jon Quitslund I’ve composed this post in order to organize my thoughts on a topic that will be discussed in the next Planning Commission meeting – tomorrow night.  So this is not the usual after-the-fact report, or a long-range forecast, … Continue reading

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“Development Never Pays for Itself”: True or False?

Jon Quitslund On several occasions I’ve heard my friend Robert Dashiell say that development never pays for itself.  If you believe that all development is dangerous, it’s easy to come up with examples to illustrate, if not to prove the … Continue reading

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For the New Year

Jon Quitslund “A soul that is not confused is not a soul.”  Howard Norman starts an appealing memoir, I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), with this line from a twelfth-century Japanese poet, Saigyo.  I take … Continue reading

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Responding to Global Weirdness & Local Brightness

Jon Quitslund “We are gripped by multiple scleroses, unable to get our arms around any of the problems staring us in the face….Will a catastrophe shake us from our slumber?”  (part of an online comment by ‘Cassandra’ from Colorado) I’ll … Continue reading

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Metaphors for Economic Activity

Jon Quitslund “An economy isn’t a machine; it’s a garden.” The quotation at the head of this post comes from an op-ed piece by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer in the New York Times for July 11th: “The Machine and … Continue reading

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Adapting to the Future

Jon Quitslund Architecture is a social art. It becomes an instrument of human fate, because it … shapes and conditions our responses…. It modifies and often breaks earlier established habit. (Richard Neutra, 1958) On February 9th, the proponents of the … Continue reading

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