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How do we fix the sprawl?

I'm from Houston. Actually, just outside Houston, but near enough to it to make my point. I live in the suburbs. My city is very spawled. Once a city has already been built around the need of a car, how would/could that town "fix" the infrastructure to allow it to be more walkable? What's the first step? Who do I need to talk to in my local government to try to get these changes made?

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    Oct 28 2013: Susan,
    You are in luck!!! On that houstontx.gov/planning site I gave you the link for, it appears that they just added this....I'm pretty sure it was not there when I checked that site a few minutes ago!!! They must be hearing us with ESP! LOL:>)

    So, you can review the draft plan online, attend the informational meeting, and this says public input is a very important part of the process, which I wholeheartedly agree with! You go girl!

    "Comments Requested on draft 2040 Houston-Galveston Regional Plan
    Our Great Region 2040 is a high-level plan for the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 13-county service area whose aim is for Our Region to be one of the world’s greatest places to live, work and succeed, as defined by measurable goals, by the year 2040. Plan to attend the Open House scheduled for November 9th as public input is a very important part of the process. For more information on the open house or how to review the draft plan online and submit comments, please go to www.ourregion.org. Public comment period ends November 15."
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      Oct 28 2013: Brilliant! On this site, see Transportation, strategies: Develop and implement policies to improve transit, pedestrian, and bicycle access between and within activity centers, connecting residents to job centers.

      A step in the right direction. Thanks Colleen!
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        Nov 2 2013: Hi Robin:>)
        Transportation is one element in the process of planned development, and our awareness of the needs of the people helps with good planning. People need to be able to travel within the communities, and interconnecting the communities efficiently and effectively.

        Our transportation advisory committee (TAC) here in the northwest region of Vt. has representatives from each municipality, staff from the regional planning commission, representatives of the railroad, the bus company, airport manager, representative from the bike/ped committee, and a representative of VAOT (Vermont agency of transportation).

        We are often evaluating the needs of the people in the region and trying to interconnect all the transportation possibilities. One goal of the VAOT, is to increase or improve the bike/ped lanes whenever there are improvements done to a section of roadway. Another, is to build park and rides, which interconnect with bus routes, bike/ped corridors, etc.

        Lots of steps in the right direction.....thanks for your feedback Robin.
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      Oct 29 2013: Really, thank you. I'll plan on attending.

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