The Well Stocked Street -- A Positive Economic Model for Cit
Thursday, May 19, 2011
5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. PDT
Modesto, CA, United States
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Nearly all California cities complain of difficult economies and the need for constant growth in order to keep up with ever increasing infrastructure costs. Yet the pattern of growth most commonly chosen doesn’t close the gap between revenue and costs and our cities keep getting deeper and deeper in the hole. As a result most citizens have come to believe that lower expectations for services and maintenance are the only answer and that a certain amount of decay will necessarily be present in every city. Is it possible that there is another answer? Is there a magic bullet that will make the economy of our cities work and result in more transactions, more visitation, higher levels of investment and increased public resources. Martin Dreiling looks to a simple model of economic performance familiar to all but rarely imagined as a useful approach in improving the economy of cities. He demonstrates a connection between healthy streets and healthy communities that points to a simple recipe for economic success.