Someone is reading my mind again. Last week and this week I’ve been blogging about a visit to Spokane SRTC and the Spokane Regional Health District set up for Economist Dena Belzer from Berkley, CA. Ms. Belzer founded Strategic Economics, a consulting and research firm specializing in urban and regional economics and planning. The firm helps local governments, community groups, developers, and non-profit organizations to understand the economic and development context in which they operate in order to take strategic steps towards creating high-quality places for people to live and work.

Ms. Belzer was here to talk about Urban Transportation Corridors (UTCs) and if they’re feasible for our region. UTCs are neighborhoods and districts that can accommodate new mixed use development and roads that can accommodate multimodal travel such as cars, bikes and pedestrians and are served by quality public transit service.

Today, I happened onto this article from “Switchboard” that pretty much echoes Ms. Belzer’s thoughts on how housing near transit creates thriving communities.

I like the imagery this article uses, comparing a city to a pizza: “… The suburban experiment that was so influential in the 20th century involved dividing up the functions of the city into different zones: housing, shopping, office, recreation. This works about as well as eating the elements of your pizza in different courses: you’re still getting the same nutritional value, but you’ve lost the joy of your pizza.” — Eric Jacobsen, Why Suburbia is Affecting Your Spiritual Life

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