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  • Oct 3 2013: As an early critic of this topic, I feel there are some things we can do to improve urbanism. Not just in mega cities, but in 20k to 50k population centers.

    1) Improve your schools--people go where they can get the best education for their children
    2)be a proactive startup area--a lot of large, same industry employers can really destroy your local economy --Elkhart, Ind (RVs) or the community in Ohio that had DHL. They have problems or close, your community is devastated. 100 small business employing 40 people each is better than 1 employing 4000 (healthier tax base too).
    3) Put small business people on your chamber board and leadership-no government agency people or PR guys from the local Fortune 500 companies.
    4)create a great local recreation-so you don't have to leave town on the weekends to do something
    5)If there is a local college or university make it part of the community. Use the professors in your local schools; view the students as members of the community not just buying units; make your community where the faculty & staff want to live and thrive
    6)create community involvement in everything from recreation, policing, town governance, zoning & development.
    7)create a feeling of inclusiveness.
    8) encourage local tourism
    9) make it easy for artists to thrive in your area--artists make great small businesses in which to develop an area.

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